Word of the Day / Iltur: Improv in the army
This word first appears in the Mishna, but its use spread when the nascent Israeli army had to learn to make things up as it went along.
The Hebrew word for improvisation is iltur (il-TUR or il-TU-rim in the plural). This word also comes as a verb, ilter (il-TER), and an adjective, meultar (me-ul-TAR). While it's a modern word dating back some seven decades, its roots are firmly set in the Aramaic language of Babylon and the Mishna.