The Joys of Yiddish
Do you know when to cry Mazel tov -- and when to avoid it like the plague? Did you know that Oy! is not a word, but a vocabulary with 29 distinct variations, sighed, cried, howled, or moaned, employed to express anything from ecstasy to horror? Here are words heard 'round the English-speaking world: chutzpa, or gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, "...that quality enshrined in...more
A reference built for lovers of language, culture, and laugh-out-loud witticism, The ...more
The temptation to give this work four stars was great. I finally calmed down, though, and settled on four. It is a wonderful book that does its best to explain a language that has provided so many words and expressions to English that we don’t always know where it fit in. Yiddish is a combination of several other languages, that meant to provide a universal means of communication among people of – primarily – Eastern Europe, and of Jewish heritage. It ...more
Written in 1968 and an inst ...more
I'd recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about Yiddish and incor ...more
Anyone with an interest in Jewish culture will enjoy I am sure.