Word of the Day Ofi: How Hebrew Got Its Word for Character From Ancient Greek

Only to lose it through the millennia, until its exhumation by a modern Hebrew writer.

The Hebrew word for character that is one’s unique disposition is o-FI. You will find Israelis however using a slew of synonyms in its stead: teva (“nature”), mezeg (“temperament”) and indeed temperament itself. Still ofi is the most commonly used of those.