Re: (OT) Spanish Speakers ?
- From: marina <pericles@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:48:44 GMT
On Thu, 26 Jul 2007 11:37:34 +0200, Ace <seesig@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Thu, 26 Jul 2007 09:10:40 GMT, marina <pericles@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Bet you know more than you think ...bagel, boychik, chutzpah, dreck,
gelt, glitch, golem, goy, kibitz, klutz, kosher, kvetch, mensch,
meshuggener, nosh, schlock, schlong, shiksa, yarmulke, tush ... are
all Yiddish in origin, as are many more words in common use in
You think the above list are common in English? I'd say that only
perhaps a couple of them would be correctly understood by most brits.
Kosher, which is clearly a jewish word for a jewish concept, and
bagel, of course. Others that'd normally be recognised but not
correctly understood might include golem, and of course there's a
couple of others I've heard used in Mel Brooks movies.
Others seem to find most of this list mostly comprehensible. I picked
only those words I thought people might know. I know many more, having
been to school with many Yiddish speakers.
boychik - Beav often refers to his son as such.
chutzpah - balls, in the courage or cheek sense
dreck - dirt, from the German, as in some TV thing
gelt - money; I thought this was really well known
glitch - huh, so you admit you did know this one really.
goy - come on, Des has been using this for ages.
kibitz - look, as in "let's have a kibitz at yer mag then"
klutz - a clumsy oaf
kvetch - be a moaning minnie
mensch - a good person as in "You're a mensch!" when someone helps you
meshuggener - crazy man
nosh - sigh, yes, it's food - where our slang term came from
schlock - cheap and shoddy
shiksa - non Jewish girl, as in the film 'Jazz Singer'
yarmulke - what Des calls his kippe; a mini-hat held on with Kirby
For a much bigger and better list, look at wikipedia:
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