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CB27
1194657.  Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:52 pm Reply with quote

In Hebrew, the word "Nu" can probably be translated as "Come on already", it's a way of expressing frustration that something isn't happening or taking too long.

The reason I'm putting this on is that it would be nice to have a new section fo O to put some new things on, considering N has been put to bed :)

 
suze
1194666.  Sun Jun 12, 2016 3:13 pm Reply with quote

I'm sure it won't be long.

I discover that a new lettered section usually appears in either May or July. Since it is currently June and it hasn't appeared yet, it seems not to be May this time around ...

 
tetsabb
1194692.  Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:25 pm Reply with quote

'Nu' is also Russian for a kind of 'We-ell?' with a slight rising inflection. 'And so...?'

 
gruff5
1194736.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:05 am Reply with quote

useful in scrabble (Words With Friends etc)

 
PDR
1194739.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:30 am Reply with quote

It's also the symbol used to represent Kinematic Viscosity and Poisson's Ratio.

PDR

 
suze
1194766.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:35 am Reply with quote

Nu is also the French for "nude" if the naked person happens to be male.

 
'yorz
1194770.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:16 am Reply with quote

Nu is cloggie for now.

 
CB27
1194786.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:00 pm Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
'Nu' is also Russian for a kind of 'We-ell?' with a slight rising inflection. 'And so...?'


That suggests to me that the word in Hebrew possibly came from Yiddish, as opposed to old Hebrew and Aramaic, because Yiddish was influenced by a number of Central and Eastern European languages.

 
Jenny
1194798.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:41 pm Reply with quote

I ought to start the O series forum now, just to provide confusion for future years...

In fact, as I now know the N series is wrapped up, I will do so.

 
suze
1194806.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:20 pm Reply with quote

CB27 wrote:
That suggests to me that the word in Hebrew possibly came from Yiddish, as opposed to old Hebrew and Aramaic, because Yiddish was influenced by a number of Central and Eastern European languages.


Yes.

I've found several reference to it having been a Yiddish word, derived from any or all of German na, Polish na (by now an archaism, but common enough pre WWI), and Russian ну.

As CB probably knows, about two thirds of Yiddish vocabulary is German. About one quarter is Hebrew, and most of the rest is Polish and Russian.

 

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