As we approach Thanksgiving, when families are gathered along with close friends and guests, when the spirit of this special holiday is filling us with relaxation and with sentiments of joy and love we’ll introduce in this coming month words and phrases that concur with these fine sentiments of kindness, joy and love as we received requests to present such words for some time.
Yesterday we learn about the word mother and how to introduce our own mother to others.
Today we’ll learn how to reply to introductions.
This is a rather simple expression which literally means: ‘very pleasant’, but its common use is as a reply after being introduced to people, and as such it gets the meaning of ‘nice to meet you’.
Both words are biblical but they don’t appear together as in this expression. Me•od means ‘much, very, a lot’ etc. ‘Na•eem’ means ‘pleasant’.
‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!’
‘Hallelujah! For the Lord is good; sing praises to his name; for it is pleasant’
‘Na•eem’ is derived from the root word ‘noam’ which is also a Hebrew name and the mean ‘grace’ and ‘plesant’.
‘One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.’
Noam is a very popular first name in Israel today although other biblical names are much less frequent nowadays.
‘And I will feed the flock of slaughter, you, O poorest of the flock. And I took for myself two rods; the one I called Grace (Noam), and the other I called Severity (Hovlim); and I fed the flock.’