Source: Friday Fictioneers sponsored by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple
Word count: 100 words
Miriam stood in the Scuola Grande Tedesca listening to the docent.
“De Scuola wasa founded ina fifteen a hundred and a tweeentee eighta,” she recited in a heavy Italian accent. “Prior toa fifteen a hundred and a seexateen, theya not permit Jews toa liva in Venezia.”
The Doge’s decree granted them living area in the “getto”, or foundries. Strict regulations were set. At night, they locked the gates of the “getto” and Christian guards, paid by the Jews, patrolled the canals to prevent them from escaping.
Viewing the elliptical “mechitzah” of the “Scuola”, Miriam wondered at everything her ancestors endured.
*** As a word nerd, I love learning a word’s etymology. Ghetto has an interesting history. To read more check the entry from The Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms : page 50.
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Jo Hawk The Writer