April 24, 2006, - 9:53 am

Thanks, Tom Cruise, For Teaching Me the “New” Hebrew

By Debbie Schlussel
Last week, when I was away for Passover, the tabloid press was abuzz at the birth of Tom Cruise’s alleged child with alleged girlfriend Katie Holmes. They named her “Suri,” and had their publicists tell the world that the word was Hebrew for “Princess.”
Not that I care about their new kid or her name but . . . since I speak fluent Hebrew, this new word was news to me.
There’s the word “Sar” (pronounced “Sahr”), which means officer or minister and can also mean prince. And there’s the Biblical “Sarah,” which can mean princess or female minister/officer. There is “Tzuri” or “Tsuri,” which means “my rock” (usually reserved for G-d, as in “G-d is my rock,”) but I doubt that’s what the airhead glitterati couple was aiming for. But the only “Suri” I know is the command version of “Sur,” which means depart or move aside, as in “move away” or “get out of here.” (“Get out of here” Cruise–that has a nice ring to it.)
But no “Suri” as a princess. I never heard of that word. I checked my “Ben Yehuda’s Pocket English-Hebrew/Hebrew-English Dictionary” by Ehud Ben-Yehuda and David Weinstein. And still no “Suri.”

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Did Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and their publicist–none of whom are Hebrew speakers to my knowledge–know a new Hebrew slang word that I did not? I don’t think so.
And apparently, the native Hebrew speakers in Israel are also raising their eyebrows at the apocryphal, alleged Hebrew name the non-married celebs gave their alleged new child.
Just another example of how crazy celebrities don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re plain clueless. (And the media blindly reports what they say as fact, without bothering to check.)
Jump on a couch with HOprah, make up new Hebrew words. What a useful life.

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17 Responses

Obviously,the kibbitzer who named Tom’s daughter,
knew that Suri comes from ‘tsuris’ which means aggravation in Yiddish.

jaywilton on April 24, 2006 at 10:28 am

OMG that’s funny. Wouldnt it be great if someone told them that as a joke and the word is some third world tribal word that means “Jackass” or something else insulting

Avatar on April 24, 2006 at 12:20 pm

The more i learn about you the more i’m surprised my little Yentl…WHY you and Babs don’t get along is a mystery to me…LOL
Since i REFUSE to go to movies that are TV shows, it’ll be a few months before i see MI3.

EminemsRevenge on April 24, 2006 at 12:23 pm

Too much importance put on the unimportant. If you want to continue doing as the media does, go for it. You’ll go the way the media is going.

Shannon on April 24, 2006 at 1:01 pm

jay-wilted;With your smarts of hebrew.What’s it mean to G-D.When all you have is hate in your typing’s here on deb’s site?like you are going to teach us about right+wrong.Theach me about good ands evil…punks

danny on April 24, 2006 at 4:15 pm

WITH YOUR SMSART’S OF MY HEBREW,(jay-wilted)you are still a hate filled bunch.

danny on April 24, 2006 at 4:23 pm

I don’t know about right+wrong, but maybe someone could teach danny how to spell and correct grammar…I’m just sayin’

Uncle Tim on April 24, 2006 at 5:42 pm

uncle tom;”i don’t know about right+wrong,…”teach aboutarab(muslim) hate and the arab(muslim)g-d.the grammar+spelling do not matter any more.uncle tom.

danny on April 24, 2006 at 6:34 pm

make it safe from arab-terror(MUSsLIM)terror.and then hit me with grammer+spelling.How do you spell hate?Go ahead spell kill american’s,spell it big shot.that’s what i thought,

danny on April 24, 2006 at 6:41 pm

You’re correct, Debbie. Her new name is Scram Cruise.
Suri means, in not so many words, “get lost”.

Thee_Bruno on April 24, 2006 at 6:51 pm

Alright, Jay Wilton has joined the Hate Club. Me and Thee_Bruno felt special, but it was time for Danny to induct some more….we need the dues.
Jay, remember the rules about Hate Club.

The_Man on April 24, 2006 at 8:42 pm

I believe the name is derived from Tom and Katie watching too many hours of Gilligan’s Island. Miss (or Ms.) Suri Cruise sounds way too close to misery cruise to be anything but Freudian.

Interested-Participant on April 24, 2006 at 9:39 pm

Well,My The_Man;I can’t “entirely” accept gang initiation,because as a Purple Gang Member,for me to rub out Israel Deserter,surfer dude and now,”rabbi” Danny ,he has to graduate elementary school-even though he’s been gettin’ away with shtuppin’…whoops stalkin’ Pam Anderson.And technically as far as hate clubs go,I hear they’re offerin’ him signing bonuses on The KKK site…Now,”rabbi” Danny,as far as my Hebrew is concerned-I did point out that the above word “tsuris” is Yiddish,which confirms your illiteracy.And more to the point,while the ‘G_d’
spelling has taken off in Jewish life as the appropriate way to deal with possible violations of the prohibition against carrying God’s name in vain from The Ten Commandments(In Hebrew-Aseret Hadeebrote is closer to The Ten Statements),I prefer to see ‘God’ spelled out as a reminder not to be a Jack Abramoff-and in your case,so you’ll at least be able to spell ‘God’.

jaywilton on April 24, 2006 at 11:49 pm

Aww the poor poor kid would be a laughing stock in India.
`Suri` in Hindi means `female pig`

hutchrun on April 25, 2006 at 12:19 am

still lookin’ for a little afirmituve + action ‘danny’ ? maybe little ‘revenge’ too ?likes dem gurls don he ? but rong kind for ‘danny’. sumone call him a homo before but past + ‘danni’ for now

Bryanna on April 25, 2006 at 2:24 am

If Tom Cruise will adopt me, I’ll change my name to “Get Lost”, “Scram”, “Paris”, or anything else as long as he keeps signing the checks.
Just another reminder that celebs live in a total fantasy world.
P.S. Don’t let The Man get you down, Danny!

Jeff_W on April 25, 2006 at 12:33 pm

BTW, I think “Suri” actually means “Who’s your Daddy?” in pig Latin or some language if you catch my drift.

Jeff_W on April 25, 2006 at 12:35 pm

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