Word of the Day Dakik

On Hanukkah, we light the skinniest of candles, as this word explains, but eat the fattiest of foods. Oh the irony!

Shoshana Kordova
Shoshana Kordova
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The word “dakik” (da-KEEK), meaning “very thin,” enjoys a higher profile than usual during Hanukkah, thanks to a popular holiday song that begins “Ner li dakik,” meaning “I have a slim candle.”

But though dakik isn’t the most frequently employed of words, its usage is not limited to the Festival of Lights, which began Saturday night. There’s the rather non-wintry YouTube video of an Israeli model and actress that refers to the skimpiness of her swimwear, titled “Noa Wolman catches some sun in a dakik bikini.” It also shows up in the names of some local flora, including hedge parsley (gazir dakik) and slender bird’s foot trefoil, a species of lotus known in Hebrew as lotus dakik.

Of course, models and their bikinis aren’t the only things people want thin these days; for many, those don’t hold a candle to handheld devices. That’s reflected in Israeli technology articles like one about a dakik, waterproof smartphone cover, along with a Hanukkah-themed piece from a few years ago titled -- what else? -- “I have a slim cell phone.”

When it's not Hanukkah, some bikinis in Israel can also get razor-thin.Credit: Courtesy

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