Word of the Day Dagdegan: How Linguists Writhed Over a Nice Hebrew Word for Clitoris

The Hebrew Academy shuddered at using a word related to 'tickle' for clitoris, yet that happened.

In 1533, the translator Nathan Hameati sat in his room in Rome, quill in hand, peering over a manuscript of Avicenna's Canon of Medicine, the world’s most important medical text at the time. Scratching his forehead, he thought: How should I translate the Arabic word daghdagh into Hebrew?