The Hebrew word שרוף means burnt, and its root takes us on an exciting semantic road trip. Guy covers everything from a burning sensation to diehard football fans, seared vegetables to wasting time and money.

New Words and Expressions:

Ze soref li ba-einayim – My eyes are burning – זה שורף לי בעיניים

Soref le-someone ba+body part – My X is burning – שורף למישהו משהו

Koev li ha-rosh – I have a headache – כואב לי הראש

Ze yisrof tipa – It will burn a bit – זה ישרוף טיפה

Oi, ha-tost saruf – Oh, the toast is burnt – אוי, הטוסט שרוף

Ani saruf aleha – I am crazy for her – אני שרוף עליה 

Maarits saruf – Diehard fan – מעריץ שרוף

Ohed saruf – Big fan (football) – אוהד שרוף

“Bibistim srufim” – Diehard Bibi supporters – ביביסטים שרופים

Ata saruf etsli, at srufa etsli, atem srufim etsli – I’m finished with you – אתה שרוף אצלי, את שרופה אצלי, אתם שרופים אצלי

Kabab al yerakot srufim – Kebab on a bed of seared vegetables – קבב על ירקות שרופים

Liklot – To roast – לקלות

Lisrof zman – To waste time – לשרוף זמן

Stam lisrof kesef – To waste money for no good reason – סתם לשרוף כסף

“Nnisrof ta-mo’adon’ (nisrof et ha-mo’adon) – We’ll burn down the football club – נשרוף ת’מועדון

“Ha-toast nisraf” – The toast was burned – הטוסט נשרף

Ha-toast saruf – The toast is burnt – הטוסט שרוף

“Nisraf li ha-moach, kol hayom hayiti ba-machshev” – My brain is fried, I spent all day on the computer – נשרף לי המוח, כל היום הייתי במחשב

“Ha-matara sheli hi she-ha-omelette lo yisaref li” – My aim is for the omelette not to burn – המטרה שלי היא שהאומלט לא יישרף לי

Nif’al past: Nisraf, present: nisraf, future: yisaref – נשרף, נשרף, יישרף

She-yisaref ha-olam – Even if the world is on fire, I will not do it – שיישרף העולם

“Ani lo one, she-yisaref ha-olam” – I am not going to answer, the world can be on fire, for all I care – אני לא עונה, שיישרף העולם

She-tisaref, she-tisarfi, she-tisarfu (halevai amen!) – May you burn in hell – שתישרף, שתישרפי, שתישרפו 

Lehisaref – To be burned – להישרף

Srefa – Fire – שריפה

Srefat shumanim – Burning fat – שריפת שומנים

Srefat caloriot – Burning calories – שריפת קלוריות

Playlist and Clips:

Eden Ben-Zaken – Soref Li Ba-einaim

Ani saruf aleha

Yehuda Amar – Yerakot srufim

Ha-Gashash Ha-Hiver – Anachnu nisrof ta’moadon

Max Malkiel – She-lo yisaref

Ira Dolphin – Srefat ha-shuman

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