My Love? My Joy? My Linguist?

11:21 AM Anis Widayanti 0 Comments

This tramp stamp isn't all that bad really. It says "Gili" which in Hebrew means "My Joy".

This piece is only featured here because the owner disagrees with its meaning. The woman claims her tattoo says "My Beloved", and when a well meaning commenter told her otherwise she claimed a "Hebrew linguistics professor" translated it for her.

So listen up, this is a new advice for the tattoo wannagets, don't get your Hebrew translation from linguistics professors, especially when they're drunk (or don't know any Hebrew)!

Now, for our Hebrew lesson., we'll learn to write "My Beloved":

  • The top word is"Gili", meaning "My Joy". It isn't gender specific.
  • The middle word is "Dodi", meaning "My Beloved" in old Hebrew. It's a male form.
  • The bottom word is "Ahuvi", which means "My Beloved" in modern Hebrew. It's a male form.
Notice that both forms of beloved, talk about a male beloved, so they should be tattooed on a girl (or a gay boy).