Word of the Day / Riba - How a Lexicographer Misread a Copying Error to Make Jam

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda coined the Hebrew word for preserves in 1888, but it seems his choice was based on an error - a fact that made Israel's Nobel prizewinner in literature titter.

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The Hebrew word for jam is ri-BA. It was coined by Eliezer Ben Yehuda in 1888, when he presented it to the readers of his newspaper...