Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Y is for....Yiddish!

It's ABC WEDNESDAY!  and I didn't even have to go to my dictionary to find a word. 
Yiddish- it's a mutt of a language, based on german, hebrew, and slavic languages.  It's called a fusion language- but I like the word mutt- because that's what I am as well.


I've always loved Yiddish phrases.  You know 'em- you just might not realize that they are yiddish!  Words like bubbala, blintz, chutzpa, gelt, glitch,  kvetch, klutz, nosh, plotz, oy vey (I actually use that without knowing where it came from),  shmuck, schlep, shmooze, schlub,  tushy, and spiel.  I'd love to emmerse myself in yiddish just so I can learn to speak it mixed with English- yenglish? Engiddish?

If you are bored- Google Yiddish Phrases, you know you'll love them.

TTYL! K

12 comments:

Mara said...

We use quite a few yiddish words in Dutch, for example slang words for money.

Gayle said...

I've always liked the sound of those yiddish words! Original idea for a "Y" word.

jay said...

Now that's an original Y!

I knew most of those words were Yiddish, except tushy and nosh! We don't hear the others much over here in England, but those we do use!

On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

LisaF said...

Soooo, is this your theme for the next round? you suggested it to me, but I think it might be better suited to YOU! :-)

Her Mom said...

Okay, you took the Y word I was thinking of, but you did it better than I would have. My other word is Yellow. Jay has used that one very well, however. I'm low on creativity, so I might skip this week. You did good though, so I'll just ride on your coattails.

Tumblewords: said...

Haven't done that in a while! Need to recheck and start again - Great Y!

Sprite's Keeper said...

There's Yiddish, and then there's New York Yiddish which is what I grew up around in a New York based Jewish family. You're bringing me back to my roots. I'm the only one I know who says "I could use a nosh" to say I'm hungry. :-)

Lyn said...

I didn't know those words were Yiddish (actually have to admit I just don't know some of the words). Will practice them with my English accent and see how many people I can confuse ;-)

Sweetums5 said...

Stopping by from ABC Wed. Great "Y" post! Love the poster!

Roger Owen Green said...

I use Yiddish words all the time. My great aunt was Jewish and used them regularly. A Jewish guy in my office hears me say "oy" and thinks it's an affectation, for his consumption; it is not.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

K(Banterings of a Basketcase) said...

Ah! Maybe growing up for a bit in upstate New York gave me the taste for yiddish. Or maybe it was watching the TV show "The Nanny". I don't know wjhy I started using the words oy vey- but I asked around and no one knew what language it was- I was using it correctly and everything- with a roll of my eyes and gesturing hands!

Lisa- Maybe I will- ;) I was mentioning it to you, which is why I was able to know I'd do Yiddish for my Y- but you have done the abcs more times than me, so I didn't know if you had plans for next go-around!

SuziCate said...

This is a really cool post. I'm am going to google Yiddish phrases! Biz shpeter! (that means see you later!)