how to say “shopping”
Whereas שׁוֹפִּינְגis still the term that refers to that activity that my mother loves so much, shopping for clothes, Israelis call general shopping – like for food and electronics – קְנִיּוֹת.
|קְנֵה פָּחוֹת, חְיֵה יוֹתֵר
buy less, live more
(picture taken at a bus stop in Tel Aviv)
I went (literally, did) shopping yesterday at the supermarket.
קניות comes from the active-simple פָּעַל verb, לִקְנוֹת, which means, in Modern Hebrew, to buy or to purchase (in Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew, it also means to possess).
A single act of purchasing is a קְנִיָּה, in Modern Hebrew (in Rabbinic literature, this is a קִנְיָן).