Word of the Day Mesha'amem: The Word That Didn't Mean Boring but Does Now

Arabic has been a rich source for reviving the Hebrew language. It helps to get its words right.

Last Thursday, we discussed the word me’anyen (interesting), and how Eliezer Ben-Yehuda invented it to describe a particularly egregious French-Jewish bribery-broker on February 3, 1893. Possibly emboldened by his new word, Ben-Yehuda felt it high time to decide on a word to mean its opposite, "boring."