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Old 10-29-2014, 08:35 PM
 
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I've been trying to learn as much Yiddish as I can, and I don't know all of them. What are some Jewish words/phrases that you know. I'll get the list started.


Sheyna: Pretty Woman

Azohen Vey: Average, bad, not good

Drek: Crap, bad, not good



Keep the list going!
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:53 PM
 
Location: US Wilderness
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I've been trying to learn as much Yiddish as I can, and I don't know all of them. What are some Jewish words/phrases that you know. I'll get the list started.


Sheyna: Pretty Woman

Azohen Vey: Average, bad, not good

Drek: Crap, bad, not good



Keep the list going!
Oy vey tsu meina baina: Woe is me to my toes

Long ago when I was still in high school I worked one summer in an old fashioned candy store of the type rarely seen today. The Jewish couple who ran it had blue numbers on their arms. I learned the art of soda jerking, including the classic egg creme also of the type rarely seen today. I also learned some Yiddish here and there. The above expression came from the woman. I guess she (and he) had seen some woe in their time.
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:28 PM
 
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How can one not mention meshuga!

(Dumb, crazy, stupid)
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:30 PM
 
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Oy vey tsu meina baina: Woe is me to my toes

Long ago when I was still in high school I worked one summer in an old fashioned candy store of the type rarely seen today. The Jewish couple who ran it had blue numbers on their arms. I learned the art of soda jerking, including the classic egg creme also of the type rarely seen today. I also learned some Yiddish here and there. The above expression came from the woman. I guess she (and he) had seen some woe in their time.
Isn't "baina" legs?
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:48 PM
 
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Isn't "baina" legs?
I have no idea. I just know what I was told over 50 years ago.
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:54 PM
 
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Cupper, it could be like Hebrew where the word "regel" (רגל) means Leg and/or Feet.
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Old 10-30-2014, 07:39 PM
 
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Tikva, could be.

I've only had a bit of exposure to Yiddish, but fluent in German. More then half of the Yiddish words are alliterations of German ones. In fact, if I hear someone speaking Yiddish and someone else speaking the Old German that the Hutterites do (there are many, many Hutterites in my area), I sometimes have a hard time telling the difference. And that maybe makes some sense, as both the Hutterites and Jews lived in proximity to each other in the Volga region.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:34 PM
 
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I just remembered Schlimazel, Kibbutz, and my parents taught me a word that is commonly used amongst the Russian Jewish community. Parekchmacher. It means barber/hairstylist.
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Old 10-31-2014, 01:53 AM
 
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Cupper, it could be like Hebrew where the word "regel" (רגל) means Leg and/or Feet.
that is similar to Irish where Cos means leg and foot,,,
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:09 AM
 
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Yiddish tour of the Forverts

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