Abba

Why I do not sprinkle Elijah’s English with Hebrew transliterations — shalom, abba, imma, boker tov.

  1. “This story is about the Old Testament. Get it?” Not my style.
  2. Elijah did not sprinkle his Hebrew with foreign transliterations.
  3. Foreign words stop the flow.

Benjamin Dreyer1the vice president, executive managing editor, and copy chief at Random House It’s silly, cheap, obvious…”2Dreyer’s English

Kristen StieffelThe author uses those few foreign words she knows. 3Word Weavers Loom, Mar 5, 2020

George Orwell: “Never use a foreign phrase.”4Animal Farm & 1984

Strunk and White: “Avoid fancy words.”5The Elements of Style

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