#190 All Things Being Equal
Published October 24, 2017
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    The word ‘shavé’ means ‘equal,’ but in slang it also means ‘worth it’, and sometimes ‘cool,’ ‘amazing,’ or ‘good looking.’ How do we ask, ‘Is it worth it?’ in Hebrew, and why is there a bleep censor in this episode?

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    Words and expressions discussed:

    Shavé, shava, shavim, shavot – Equal – שוֶוה, שוָוה, שווים, שוות

    Shneinu shavim, pahot o yoter – We’re both equal, more or less – שנינו שווים, פחות או יותר

    Hu lo shavé et ha-ke’ev – He’s not worth the pain – הוא לא שווה את הכאב

    Az ma shavé kol sipur ha-ahava ha-ze? – So what does this love story worth? – אז מה שווה כל סיפור האהבה הזה?

    Ma shava kazo ahava? – What is a love like this worth? – מה שווה כזו אהבה?

    Shavé lenasot – It’s worth trying – שווה לנסות

    Shavé bdika – Worth checking – שווה בדיקה

    Shavé, shava (ziyun) – Great, good looking, cool – (שווה (זיון

    Mesiba shava – Great party – מסיבה שווה

    Mis’ada shava – Great restaurant – מסעדה שווה

    Shavé – Equals (math) – שווה

    Shivyon – Equality, tie score – שוויון

    Shivyon bein ha-minim – Gender equality – שוויון בין המינים

    Shivyon ba-netel – ‘Carrying the load equality’ – שוויון בנטל

    Ee-shivyon – Inequality – אי-שוויון

    Meha’at ha-frayerim – ‘The Suckers Protest’ – מחאת הפראיירים

    Hashva’a – comparison – השוואה

    Lehashvot – to compare – להשוות


    Aviv Geffen – Shneinu Shavim (lyrics)
    Rami Kleinstein – Tapuhim u-Tmarim (lyrics)
    Ha-haverim shel Natasha – Shnei Sipurei Ahava Ktanim (lyrics)
    Idan Yaniv & Dana International – Seret Hodi (lyrics)
    Shavé lenasot
    Shavé bdika – TV1
    Lior Shlein – Ee-shivyon
    Atseret Ha-freierim – TV2
    Basketball shivyon (tie)

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