What do YOU think a fidget should be called in Hebrew?
The Academy of the Hebrew Language is looking to give the popular toy an official Hebrew name.
“Since the game has captured the attention of Israel’s children, The Academy of the Hebrew Language has received many requests from children to offer this toy a Hebrew name,” it wrote. But, the academy said, it recognizes that the fad may disappear as quickly as it arrives on the scene. So in the meantime, the academy is inviting students to “submit their proposals to the Academy website,” which will make them available to the public.
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The Facebook post has already received more than a thousand comments, including from those who don’t feel it’s necessary to make up a new word for a trend that may be gone within a few months time.
Among the suggestions getting likes are “sahriron,” which combines sahrir, or spin, with the structure of sevivon, the Hebrew word for a dreidel or top and savsevet, which uses root sav, or turn. But neither of them are as popular as an idea to make it an homage to the spinner-in-chief, Benjamin Netanyahu.