Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Musings - Two Languages

Item number 16 on Rinda's Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt is a sign in a language other than English. I've already shared my find for this item (a sign that we found on our trip to Banff earlier this summer), however I just had to share another sign that I think works perfectly here, too.

This banner hangs near the front door of our home, and Robbie says it should actually count for TWO languages - Hebrew and Southern! The Hebrew word shalom means peace and is also used to convey hello and goodbye. Of course, y'all is a contraction of the words you and all. Being born and raised in the American South, I was surprised to learn that most of the rest of the world didn't use this wonderfully convenient contraction. In fact, I don't believe Robbie's ever used it despite the other Southern tendencies he's developing after being here in Texas for over 18 years.

Robbie bought this banner for me in the gift shop at an exhibit of Treasures From The Holy Land that was on tour here in Dallas the year we moved into our home. I love the juxtaposition of this Hebrew word that's used 200 times in the Bible with a word that's commonly believed to have originated right here in the United States - one nation under God.

Shalom Y'all!


  1. I love the juxtaposition of the two common words - I'm thinking this idea would be fabulous on a project life card

  2. Lovely welcome sign.
    It makes me think of New Jersey relatives who like to say "youse guys" ;-)

  3. What a great welcome to your home!
    Alison xx

  4. I like this.
    And I've noticed that patty has commented on the New York "youse". That would be what we say round here too. Or "youse 'uns"

  5. That is very creative! Not too often you hear Shalom and Y'all at the same time. :-)


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