Word of the Day Scotch

If you're looking for a nightcap, Scotch will do the trick. In Hebrew, it will also fasten your shoes and clean your dishes. To fit in with the locals, though, pay attention to pronunciation, which usually gets easier after a few rounds. Bottoms up.

Israelis looking for sneakers with "scotch" are probably not on the hunt for shoes held together by Scotch tape, or asking for directions to the local bar (though that might not be such a bad idea – buy a pair, get a shot free). Rather, they are seeking footwear with straps that close with the aid of those fabric hook-and-loop fasteners that English speakers know by the brand name...