Word of the Day / Boreg: How Hebrew finally wound up with a word for screw after much dispute
Attempts to find a word began with Arabic and German, but ultimately both Arabic and Hebrew wound up borrowing from Turkish.
Nobody remembers any more who invented the fastening device known in English as a screw, and in Hebrew as boreg. It is first known from the Middle Ages, and probably originated in the Arab world, which was more technologically advanced at the time. As a new invention, it needed to be named. The Arabs called the thing "lawlab" from the root l-l-b, which means spiral.