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Sounds like “shibboleth” to me

You’ll remember (won’t you?) that the original concept of a “shibboleth” was in Judges 12, where in an Israelite inter-tribal conflict, Gileadites asked a test question to catch out enemy Ephraimites. Evidently the latter had no “sh” sound in their Hebrew, and so were discovered by saying “sibboleth” instead of “shibboleth.”

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