Thursday, March 18, 2010

This is NOT how King Solomon Wrote it!

Today's victim got himself the oh-so-common Hebrew tattoo, "I'm my beloved's and my beloved is mine" from Songs of Solomon, which as determined earlier, has no place on a male.


However, this guy isn't not here because he got an overused and inappropriate tattoo, he's here because the tattoo also happens to be misspelled. Take a closer look, see those long line-like letters that stick out to the right? Those are Nun-sofit letters and they just shouldn't be there.

This is what went wrong here:


The Hebrew letter Vav (which appears many times in this verse and carries a sound of V, O or U) was mistakenly replaced with Nun-sofit, a letter which is read as N and can only appear as the last letter in a word.

It might be interesting for the Hebrew non-speakers to know, that not only do these two very differently sounding letters look similar, but they are also placed right next to each other on the Hebrew keyboard. Therefore, the mistake this tattoo sports is one that happens all the time in hastily typed Hebrew texts.

And this is how you properly write "I'm my beloved's and my beloved is mine" in Hebrew. Can you tell the difference now?



5 comments:

  1. Great News! The generous folks at Chro-magen, Israel's leading solar water heating manufacturer, have offered, through a simple and painless addition of nikud, to repair tattoos of victims like this. 'Dod' becomes 'Dood', and the new message: "I belong to my water-heater and she to me" will be a source of pride everytime he takes a shower. The service is free if the customer agrees to add a small and discrete picture of their latest model, in a charming floral background. A happy ending, and shavua tov

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  2. I can see where this is really funny but the pic itself looks very, uh, PHOTOSHOP-ish (there's some bad English right back atcha, lol!)

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  3. Totally has a place on a male. If they were gay.

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    1. I'm sure that you're a paragon of masculinity.

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