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how to say “brakes” in Hebrew

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how to say “brakes” in Hebrew

 

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The more colloquial Hebrew word for the brakes in your car is בְּרֶקְס (breks). That’s because when Hebrew speakers first encountered this accessory to the modern-day vehicle, the automobile, there wasn’t yet a Hebrew word for it.

בלם





Slowly, however, the word בֶּלֶם (BEH-lem) in the singular and בְּלָמִים (beh-lah-MEEM) referring to the whole set of brakes, are catching on. The Academy of the Hebrew Language introduced this word, basing it on the Biblical hapax legomenon and relatively common Modern-Hebrew simple verb, לִבְלוֹם (leev-LOHM), meaning, to halt someone or something else, such as an invading army.



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