THE NAME OF BOARD GAMES IN HEBREW

THE NAMES OF GAMES IN HEBREW

שמות של משחקים בעברית

in this post, we will learn some Hebrew words that we use to describe games especially board games. And a short explanation about their origin  

But before, I am sure you would like to know how to write “game” in Hebrew.      Game – משחק  /// Games – משחקים  

The word ‘chess’ -‘שחמט” came to from Persian and is the equivalent to the “cheekmate” in English. Only we used it as the name of the game.                                                                                          The term checkmate is an alteration of the Persian phrase “shāh māt”  which means, literally, “the King is helpless”. 

chess

chess -שחמט

tic tak to game

tic tak to - איקס מיקס דריקס

tik tak toאיקס מיקס דריקס is borrowed from the English language, not the exact words, but the spirit nonsense that comes with the term. x  -איקס, mix – מיקס, driks – דריקס

The game also called

  איקס עיגול = x, circle                                                                                     

Rubik’s cube – קובייה הונגרית

why cube is self explanatory.

why Hungarian?

simple, the inventor of the cube is an Hungarian named Erno Rubik 

rubik's cube/קובייה הונגרית

backgammon/שש-בש

Backgammon – שש-בש

six – שש

five – בש (In Turkish)

Backgammon is dice game (we use the same word for cube and dice in Hebrew).And the name is basically the combination of this numbers in the dice.                                    p.s: you can’t use the word בש as five. 

checkers – דמקה                                       The word “דמקה”  came from Russian (they stole it from the Persian) and what it means is “queen” 

 

 

checkers/דמקה

Taki - טאקי

An advance version of crazy eight

An israeli game - the name has no meaning

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