lexical query

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sun Sep 2 16:30:24 UTC 2007

Quoting "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>:

> an old friend came to me yesterday with a language question
> (apparently, it was Ask-A-Linguist Day at the Palo Alto Farmers'
> Market): is there a language with a word referring to something that
> is both a blessing and a curse?
> (obviously, "blessing" and "curse" will require some cultural
> translation.)
> everybody seems to think that yiddish must be such a language, but no
> one has yet come up with a relevant lexical item.
> any nominations from the floor?
> arnold

In Hebrew the Birkat ha-Minim is nominally a blessing, but in effect a
curse on

In English "blessing out" someone can mean cursing.


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