Word of the Day Riba - How a Lexicographer Misread a Copying Error to Make Jam

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda coined the Hebrew word for preserves in 1888, but it seems his choice was based on an error - a fact that made Israel's Nobel prizewinner in literature titter.

The Hebrew word for jam is ri-BA. It was coined by Eliezer Ben Yehuda in 1888, when he presented it to the readers of his newspaper HaZvi in an article titled “A new word that is old.”