Dec 17, 2007
shnekel or shtekel
Israel recently released the 2 shekel coin.
There is a raging debate what nickname to call the new coin by. The two main suggestions, I think, are "shnekel" and "shtekel".
Shnekel is a combination of "Shnei Shekel" - 2 shekel in Hebrew.
Shtekel is a combination of "Shtei Shekel" - 2 shekel in Hebrew.
I do not know which is grammatically correct. One would be feminine and one would be masculine tense. I do not know if coins are considered masculine or feminine, but the structure of the word seems to be masculine. I think that would make "shnekel" more correct. But grammar was never my favorite subject, so I might be wrong.
A reader pointed me to this website where you can vote on the name "shtekel"..