Coca-Cola is Gesunt! - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
Coca-Cola is Gesunt!|
Chaim from HebrewBooks.org
contacted me about linking to his project from mine (Project Ben-Yehuda
). I checked out his site, to see if it is indeed relevant for the BY project's link section, and discovered that it is a serious resource with religious Jewish texts written in America since the 19th century, available as Adobe PDF files. Among other things, it offers complete issues of several Jewish magazines, such as HaPardes (lit: "the orchard", a very meaningful term in Jewish mysticism, but also a pun on the editor's name), wherein
I found the following gem:
They even showed him The Secret Ingredient!
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Berry Sakharoff -- Blind Faith
|Date:||December 21st, 2002 01:55 pm (UTC)|| |
Did you mean the German wort "gesund" (healthy), pronounced "gesunt", or is that from another language, and probably related?
|Date:||December 21st, 2002 02:26 pm (UTC)|| |
It's Yiddish, the common "day-to-day" language of Ashkenazi (East and central European) jews. Since the language evolved in Germany, it owes a great deal of it's vocabulary to the German language (for example, 'Gesund' for 'healthy') as well as to Hebrew (the Jews' ritual language).
BTW, Ijon, this is throughly cool.
Am I seeing double, or does the Yiddish wording actually spell "Coco Cola"?!
|Date:||December 22nd, 2002 02:10 pm (UTC)|| |
You aren't seeing double
Sopme instances of the word spell "Coci-Cola," others "Coca-cola." It is probably a typo due to lack of competent proof-readers.
|Date:||December 22nd, 2002 02:56 am (UTC)|| |
Indeed a dzshem. :)
|Date:||December 24th, 2002 12:46 pm (UTC)|| |
А почему это она КАКА кола? Вот ето самое "T" под алеф, насколько я помню, читается как А? И в этом тексте так же есть разница, посмотрите например на второе слово КОЛА, там первый алеф без "Т" , т.е. имеется в виду звук О, а второй специфически А.
Значит завод КАКА-КОЛЫ? Очень точно...Мудрость ашкеназских евреев всегда радовала:)
|Date:||December 24th, 2002 01:41 pm (UTC)|| |
Yeh, and writing in english would'of been a wholla lot easier on me:)
So looking at the way Coca-Cola is spelled in this ad, i wonder - why does it sound a lot more like "KAKA-KOLA". Look at the first two alephs, they have the "T" underneath (forgot what this nikud is called). This one usually denotes A sound nowadays. The second word has "T" under the last aleph and nothing under the first one, so they did know the difference and it is clearly meant to say "KOLA" there.
So it's KAKA-KOLA then?
Our ashkenasian forefathers were pretty darn precise when giving names to things...:)
In Yiddish 'alef with kamaz' always denotes 'o'. For 'a', 'alef with patah' is used.
So it's Coco-Cola then.
|Date:||December 25th, 2002 08:20 am (UTC)|| |
Why do they use different "o" signs then for the first and the last word?
Typo. (And possibly, alef without any sign also denotes 'o', but I am not sure about this one).
No typos here.
Aleph with kamatz is "o" in Yiddish AND in Ashkenasic Hebrew, it is a rule. Just so. Remember the old song "afn pripechek"?
Zogt zhe noch a mol un take noch a mol:
KOmetz-Aleph - "O"
And the 2nd aleph, without diacritics, it's for the English "a" in "Coca" which is not the Russian "A" in "KOKA" but rather some "undecided" sound like the 1st and 2nd "o" in modern Russian "moloko".