Word of the Day: Shnekel A Marriage of Money

When the merger of two coins led to the merger of two words.

You might think Israelis would be wary of bandying about a new word that sounds an awfully lot like schmeckel, the diminutive of the Yiddish word schmuck, meaning “penis” and used metaphorically to refer to someone who’s not the greatest guy in the world (I’ll leave the English synonyms to you).