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Not common uses of Hebrew words[edit]

Reversed the revert. See discussion related to pedantic translations of Hebrew by User:Gilgamesh at Talk:Eilat. IZAK 10:58, 22 Sep 2004 (UTC)

This is improper. If you want to move it back, use the Wikipedia "move" function, as is required, or else you destroy the edit history which is still contained at Giv'atáyim. Wikipedia rules require this so that the edit history is not destroyed or lost. If for some reason you are unable to use "move", then contact an administrator and ask them for help. - Gilgamesh 13:13, 22 Sep 2004 (UTC)
The move failed because Givatayim already exists. This article must be moved there by an administrator. - Gilgamesh 13:18, 22 Sep 2004 (UTC)

I added some information about the city's history. My english is bad so consider fixing it.

According to the Israeli Bureau of Statistics report, out of Givataim's almost 48,000 population 0.0% are Arab. I therefor see no reason to include its Arabic name as it is almost never in use. Itamar 21:28, 31 August 2006 (UTC)

I know this post is eight years old, but I'll point out anyway that the Arabic name should be given for all Israeli place names as it is an official language of the State of Israel. —  Cliftonian (talk)  17:04, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

Jan 2007 Municipal elections[edit]

The new mayor elected in January 16th is Reuven Ben-Shahar. I updated the page to match. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 11:59, 22 January 2007 (UTC).


I think the apostrophe is totally unneeded. The name of the article should be Givatayim.--Gilabrand (talk) 08:36, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Personally, I wouldn't mind, but WP:HE seems to think differently. -- Nudve (talk) 08:45, 22 July 2008 (UTC
Well, WP:HE is not a person, and I think editors with the appropriate knowledge of Hebrew and transliteration can make such decisions.--Gilabrand (talk) 10:40, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
WP:HE is indeed not a person (at least I hope so), but many people would like to see it followed. I'd discuss it over at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Israel first. -- Nudve (talk) 10:56, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
I also agree it is unnecessary - they are not needed between consonants and vowels, only between vowels. пﮟოьεԻ 57 14:37, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

Requested move 13 December 2014[edit]

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The result of the move request was: consensus to move the page, per the discussion below. Dekimasuよ! 02:13, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Giv'atayimGivatayim – Per WP:COMMONNAME. Spelling the name of the town with an apostrophe is totally unnecessary. I live in Givatayim and I have never seen this spelling with an apostrophe used anywhere except on Wikipedia. I know Hebrew and understand that it is supposed to indicate the usage of the letter ayin (ע), but I don't get what the point of this is. The apostrophe doesn't affect the pronunciation by someone reading in English. If the reader is interested in exactly how "גבעתיים" is spelled in Hebrew, he can see in the first line and in the infobox. I did a Google n-gram just now and found there is usage of "Giv'atayim" in published sources, but that "Givatayim" is used much more: link. —  Cliftonian (talk)  17:27, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

  • Some may say that the presence of the apostrophe implies a correct scholarly pronunciation with syllable boundaries "Giv-a-ta-yim" rather than "Gi-va-ta-yim", as was spoken when the ayin was still pronounced as a consonant like in Arabic or Aramaic. Anthony Appleyard (talk) 23:26, 13 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Support per WP:UE and sources given that indicate that this is the English name. Red Slash 03:34, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment from my time in Israel my understanding was that silent consonants would only be marked when there were issues of pronunciation. According to the street sign SHALOM ALEICHEM ST. is not written as "SHALOM 'ALEICHEM ST." while Be'er Sheva is not written, though it might be nice, as Beer Sheva. All examples of apostrophes have followed the letter Alef and not Ayin as in Ari'el, Bet She'an and Qiryat Mal'akhi.   Cliftonian (talk) , can you comment on use of apostrophes in Givatayim signage in Israel. I'd personally be interested in presentation re the letter ayin generally. GregKaye 11:04, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Regarding Israeli signage generally, they tend, from my experience, to use phonetic transliterations. It is pertinent to note they do not always necessarily use the same ones. Israelis are not sticklers for consistency in this regard, even in Hebrew. An obvious example is where there are two incidences of the letter yud (י) in succession, as in "Ayalon", which you will usually see on Israeli road signs as איילון but sometimes, as it doesn't affect the pronunciation, with only one yud as אילון. They sometimes use Latin transliterations that don't really seem logical to English-speakers, such as "Bene Beraq" for Bnei Brak or "Rishon LeZiyyon" for Rishon LeZion. In short, they do not really observe any set "rules" over transliteration and spelling, even in Hebrew, let alone in the Latin transliteration of Hebrew and Arabic names. They just write the name how it's pronounced and the spelling and punctuation comes down to who is doing the writing. All of this extends to personal names too, incidentally, which is why Israelis will often write their own names incorrectly in Latin script and sometimes even in Hebrew.
Some examples of road signs with ayins in them:
Rosh Ayin without an apostrophe—but Ariel, with an aleph (א) has one
Ra'anana, with an ayin, has an apostrophe as it is required for the pronounciation
Afula, starting with ayin, doesn't have an apostrophe as it isn't necessary for the pronunciation—but Yokne'am Illit does as it is needed to show it isn't pronounced "Yokneem"
Giv'atayim is spelled with an apostrophe in this image, much to my surprise
Givatayim in this image
I think there is an apostrophe on this one, but not sure
On bus timetables and in the English-language Israeli media the spelling Givatayim is the transliteration overwhelmingly used, in my experience. —  Cliftonian (talk)  12:07, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Gregkaye – as Cliftonian notes, use on road signage is not a good guide - they use all kind of bizarre spellings that are not appropriate for English transliterations. Number 57 19:15, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Support and Face-smile.svg Thank you   Cliftonian (talk) , It's been nice to take the drive (Sherut trip) on this one. I'd say official signage is usually a good indicator (but not the only good indicator) on these things especially within the trilingual (Russian excluding) israeli system. I was also surprised by the Giv'atayim sign which I take as anomaly. GregKaye 19:25, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Support as nominator. —  Cliftonian (talk)  10:57, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

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