Yiddish digraphs

From: Andreas Prilop <prilop4321_at_trashmail.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 19:40:02 +0200 (CEST)

There are three so-called "Yiddish digraphs" in Unicode:
  U+05F0 wawayim
  U+05F1 waw yod
  U+05F2 yodayim

What is specifically Yiddish about these digraphs?
They can be used in the same way in Hebrew.
But this isn't done. Why not?


Why should Yiddish be written with special digraphs
but Hebrew with sequences of two letters?

But even in Yiddish, the digraphs are not really used:


The Unicode Standard says:
| ... to distinguish the digraph double vav from an occurrence
| of a consonantal vav followed by a vocalic vav.

By that reasoning you would need an English digraph "sh"
to distinguish "sh" in "shit" from "s-h" in ***hole. ;-)
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