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Met a friendly, drunk Ukranian last night. No German, broken English interjected with Russian.

He kept saying кайф (kejf) "euphoria caused by narcotic intoxication, pleasant idleness" to approximately mean 'cool'.

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D0%BA%

Originally an arabic word, related to 'kif', the powdery trichoms of cannabis, from which the german verb 'kiffen' (to get high) presumably comes.

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@douginamug according to my Hebrew teacher, the word kef/kif in both Hebrew and Arabic just means "Fun" and that's why in German, smoking weed is called "kiffen".
Now that I write this toot, I realize that this is probably very easily searched on the Internet.. so I'll do that next and report back 🙂

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The German Wiktionary has a very detailed etymology:

de.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/kiffe

Too difficult to summarize because it goes back to the 8th century and has changed meaning several times. But definitely kiffen comes from Arabic.

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