How the Prophet Isaiah Gave Hebrew Its Word for Vagina

If St Jerome and other experts are right, Israelis may have thought that 'pot' meant vulva, but actually they were saying cup. Or forehead. Or maybe something else.

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As in English, Hebrew has more than one word for the female genitalia. The most commonly used word in day-to-day parlance is koos, a vulgar word that Hebrew adopted from Persian by way of Arabic. There are...