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We have amassed a small but fascinating collection of religious eggcorns. Our coverage ranges over Hinduism (), Confucianism (), Judaism (), Catholicism (, ), Wicca, () and Islam ().
Perhaps we can add “acidic Jews” for “Hasidic Jews” to the list. Problem is, almost all web citations for “acidic Jews” are slurs or deliberate puns. Here’s one that may not be:
: “look the acidic jews... what a ppl of stand-firm ideology.”
We have a number of sites on which people report that they or someone they knew/overheard confused “Hasidic Jews” and “acidic Jews.” Five such sites:
: “Me: I live in a Jewish neighborhood now. Mother: Oh? Do you see acidic Jews walking around?”
: “Hey, look at all those Amish people! Oh, wait, are they Amish or acidic Jews ?”
: “when i was little and i heard the term ‘hacidic jews’ i thought they were saying ’ acidic jews ’ so i assumed they were just angry and bitter about something or other”
: “When I was younger I thought that it was ‘ Acidic ‘ jews. ”
: “once i saw hasidic jews at like a mall and i asked my mom who they were were and i thought she said ‘ acidic jews ‘ and was really scared of hasidic jews for like 4 months”
We also have several hundred web sites using the spelling “Hacidic Jews.” This error is possibly but unprovably primed by the semantics and sound of “acid.”
That one is a tart addition to the pantheon. For North Americans, there is another likely confusion: the Hadassic Jews. Hadassah is an American Jewish volunteer women’s organization. Among other works, it organizes the Hadassah Bazaar to raise money (“education for the young, and medication for the old,” a member once told me).
According to Google search, about 2,000 individuals have made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to visit The Whaling Wall.
David Bird wrote:
Hadassah is an American Jewish volunteer women’s organization. Among other works, it organizes the Hadassah Bazaar to raise money (“education for the young, and medication for the old,” a member once told me).
Undoubtedly named for Queen Esther, whose Hebrew (or Aramaic?) name was Hadassah. “Esther”, an Indo-European (Persian) name, is cognate with star , I believe.
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .