JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: adopting surnames in the Pale: one story #general


Here's a story I've heard many times. Therefore it must be true ??!!!

A wife sells her jewelry (or her hair) and gives the proceeds to her husband
to "Buy us a nice surname."

He returns >from the bureaucrats office and she asks, "What name did you buy?

"Fisher," he says.

She starts cursing him: "My jewels, my hair! Fool, is that the best you could do?"

He: "If you knew how much I had to pay them to leave out the dagesh >from the peh!"

[The Hebrew letter peh is pronounced P if it contains a central dot
(dagesh); without the dagesh it's pronounced Ph or F]

Michael Bernet, New York

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