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  • Xenia Stanford
    Dec 8, 2006
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      It means sorrow or woe - on tombstone can mean "woe unto".

      It seems to be a common word in Yiddish, Icelandic/Norse, Romanian, etc. In
      English the word evolved into woe but not before it gave us the word "veil",
      which used to be worn as a sign of sorrow or mourning.

      1913 Websters - etymological dictionary
      Oxford Journals on etymology (roots/history, sounds, meanings of words)

      Hope this helps and if someone finds something different, I will be
      interested to hear about it.

      Xenia

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      Hello
      Can anyone help me with the translation of vei. as in Walczeck vei.
      Waliszewski Jost? This is on a cemetery monument and I'm not sure if it
      means "formerly" or if it is even part of the name.
      Any help is appreciated.
      Thank you
      Marlene Knott

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