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One doesn't have to be Jewish to recognize the words that have made their way into every fold of popular language: Chutzpah, Mensch, Tokhes, Mishmash, Nudge, Shtick, Schmaltzy, Schlep, Icky, and so on. Then there are phrases whose meaning and syntax are borrowed from Yiddish: "bite your tongue", "drop dead", "enough already", and "excuse the expression". This hilarious, concise guide includes chapters on the Basic Descriptions of People (the good, the bad, the ugly, and the goofy), the Fine Art of Cursing, Juicy Words and Phrases, Exclamations and Exasperations, and the Fine Art of Blessing.

About the Author

Yetta Emmes is a pseudonym for Eva Mekler, the author of, most recently, the novel Sunrise Shows Late. Mekler is also the author of nonfiction books on theater and psychology, including Contemporary Scenes For Student Actors, The New Generation Of Acting Teachers, and Bringing up a Moral Child. She resides in New York City.

Table of Contents

Drek! Introduction: A Note on Pronunciation and Spelling

I. People: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

(including a mensch, a momzer, and a mieser)

II. The Sh Words: For Fools, Misfits, and Other Dysfunctional Types

(from shlemiel to shlemazel)

III. Words Your Bubbeh Never Taught You

Some "bad" and bawdy words that made Bubbehs blush

IV. Daily Reflections: Bewitched, Bothered, and Besotted (and Other States of Mind)

(or farmisht, fartumelt, and farblonzhet)

V. Exclamations and Exasperations

(from Alevai to Zay gezunt)

VI. The Fine Art of Cursing

(such as A krenk zol im arayn in di yosles: May a disease enter his gums; and Er zol vaksen vi a tzibeleh mit dem kop in drerd: You should grow like an onion with your head in the ground.)

VII. The Fine Art of Blessing

(such as A gezunt dir in pupik: Good health in your belly; and Du zolst nit vissen fun tsores: You should never know from misery.)

VIII. Proverbs and Sayings: The Wise and the Witty

Yiddish wisdom through the ages

IX. Food, Glorious Food

(how to order everything from gefilte fish to a glezel tea)

X. Yiddish for Everyday Occasions

(how to say everything from Where is the post office? to Help!)

XI. Love, Marriage, and the Jewish Family

(from leben, to khasseneh, to get)

XII. Words for the Shul

(from what to wear and#91;a tallisand#93; to what to do and#91;davenand#93;)

XIII. Juicy Yiddish Words and Phrases

(from kitzel to a shtick mazel)

XIV. Yinglish: The Yiddish You Already Know without Knowing It

(from All right already to You should excuse the expression)

Afterword: What Yiddish Looks Like, Reads Like, and Morphs Like

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452278998
Author:
Emmes, Yetta
Publisher:
Plume Books
Illustrator:
Brandt, Kim Wilson
Author:
Brandt, Kim Wilson
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Terms and phrases
Subject:
Yiddish
Subject:
Yiddish language
Subject:
Topic - Adult
Subject:
Yiddish language -- Idioms.
Subject:
Yiddish language - Spoken Yiddish
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Yiddish
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
41
Publication Date:
19981231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.01x5.33x.33 in. .22 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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