Knives Out: StreetWise Hebrew Podcast on the Language of Stabbing

The word 'dkira' – 'stabbing' – is unfortunately becoming the soundtrack to our lives here in Israel at the moment.

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A Palestinian youth raises a knife during clashes with Israeli security forces (unseen) in the West Bank city of Tulkarem on October 18, 2015.Credit: AFP

The word “dkira” – “stabbing” – is unfortunately becoming the at the moment. StreetWise Hebrew is not shying away from what’s going on, so today host Guy Sharett explains the shoresh (root) “DKR.”

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Words and expressions discussed:

Pigua – Terror attack – פיגוע

Dkira – Stabbing, prick – דקירה

Bo nikach dkira ktana – Let’s take a little jab – בוא ניקח דקירה קטנה

Mashehu mukar et libi dakar – Something familiar stabbed my heart – משהו מוכר את ליבי דקר

Lidkor mishehu – To stab someone – לדקור מישהו

Ze doker – It  – זה דוקר

Dakru oti be-machat – They pricked me with a needle – דקרו אותי במחט

Zo rak dkira ktana – It’s just a little prick – זו רק דקירה קטנה

Mabata ha-chai haya doker oti la-bechi – Her living stare “is pricking me to tears”  – מבטה החי דוקר אותי לבכי

Be-afula emesh nidkar chayal – In Afula a soldier was stabbed – בעפולה אמש נדקר חייל

Lehidaker – To be stabbed – להידקר

Eich le’echol sabres bli lehidaker – How to eat cactus fruits without getting pricked – איך לאכול סברס בלי להידקר

Dikur – Acupuncture – דיקור

Ledaker – To perform acupuncture – לדקר

Yesh li dikur ha-yom – I’ve got an acupuncture session today – יש לי דיקור היום

Dikur sini – Chinese acupuncture – דיקור סיני

Medaker – Acupuncturist – מדקר

Medukar – An acupuncture patient – מדוקר

Dokranim – Spike strips – דוקרנים

Ke-madkerot cherev – “Like sword-stabbings,” “like a dagger (in the heart)” – כמדקרות חרב

Dkira ba-lev – A stab in the heart – דקירה בלב