A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
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This book is about language designed to mean what it does not seem to mean.
Codes protect secrets. Symbol and magic hide meanings to imperil or delight.
Languages made to confuse let insiders talk openly without being understood by
others. Barry Blake looks in depth at these and many more and illuminates the
most arcane and curious uses of language.