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Monday, June 2, 2008

Jerusalem Day - Hip Hip Hurray

It's Jerusalem Day today - Hip Hip Hurray.

Jerusalem Day celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 after the city was divided in 1948 and the Old City Jewish residents killed, captured or expelled.

Did you know that the origin of the phrase "HIP HIP Hurray" might very well be related to Jerusalem?

A number of sources have it that after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70CE, they toasted with the phrase "Hierosylma Est Perdita" or "Jerusalem is destroyed" and the response to the toast was Hurrah. H.I.P. being the initials for Hierosylma Est Perdita.

So after 2000 years, Jerusalem is rebuilt (as you can see in this blog), and Latin is a dead language, and the Romans are long gone.

Hip Hip Hurray.


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