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Fun With Yiddish

Since I know we have some people here who read books which might have Yiddish words and phrases in them, and I know a lot of them (my grandfather reverts back to them when he gets mad, which is one of the ways I know the conversion didn't quite take). Thus, a short Yiddish/English dictionary for the goyishers and shiksas:

Balabusta: A bossy woman or the bosses wife. Yes, it does sound like "ballbuster".

Boychik: A young man or a cute little boy.

Bubbala: Darling, dear.

Bupkes: A worthless thing, worth less than nothing.

Chazzer: A pig. To 'nosh a chazzer' is to eat like a pig.

Chutzpah: Nerve or gall. A person with a lot of chutzpah would kill their parents and then fall upon the mercy of the court on account of being an orphan.

Dreck: Junk of the lowest quality.

Feygala: A little flitting bird, more commonly used as a semi-vulgarism to describe a homosexual man.

Fercoked: All ****ed up.

Fershlugina: All messed up, but not quite completely ****ed up.

oy Gevalt: Oh, how terrible!

Goniff: A thief, swindler and crook. Someone who'd sell his own mother for a dollar.

Gelt: Money.

Goy/Goyim/Goyisher: A gentile man.

Kibitz: Unwanted comments or teasing amongst friends.

Klutz: An awkward, uncoordinated person.

Kosher: Legitimate.

Kvell: To beam with pride and joy.

Kvetch: To complain and to annoy.

Landsmann: Someone from the same town, literaly. The Yiddish way of saying, "That's my boy!"

Lok in Kop: Like a hole in the head. Something you do not need. "I need this tsurris like a lok in kop!"

Luftmensch: A guy with his head in the clouds.

Macher: An ambitious schemer, a comer you cannot trust.

Maven: An expert.

Mazel: Luck.

Mazel Tov!: Good luck!

a Meesa Mashee af Deer!: May you die a horrible death!

Magillah: Something long, complicated and borring. "She told a magillah of a story and that was six hours I'll never get back!"

Mensch: A good and noble person.

Meshuggah/Meshugginah: Crazy in the head.

Mishegoss: Innappropriate actions.

Mispocha: Extended family. "Over the Holidays, I got to see the whole mispocha and I'm happy they come only once a year!"

Momzer: Bastard.

Nebbish: A loser.

Nosh: To eat.

Oy Vey Meer!: Woe is me!

Pisher: A person of no consequence. Literaly, a bed-wetter.

Plotz: To burst or to explode.

Putz: A vulgarism for cock, usually used to describe a total fool.

Schlock: Cheaply made junk.

Schmaltz: Literaly chicken fat, but most always used to describe sentimental behavior. "God, was that film Beaches a load of schmaltz or what?"

Schmuck: Yet another vulgarism for cock, this one means someone who is a total jerk. Someone who acts like a schmuck acts like a real dick.

Shanda: A shame.

Shiksa: A gentile woman. Most often used to describe a blonde aryan type like say Bo Derek.

Schlemiel: A born loser. A schlemiel invests in summer clothes during an ice age.

Shlemazel: A person with bad luck. For example, someone who closes on a real estate purchase in San Francisco the day of an 8.5 earthquake.

Shlep: To carry.

Shmendrick: A weak person.

Shmatta: An old rag. Most often used to describe something a person is wearing, often ironically. "This shmatta? Its just some Chanel couture I picked up wholesale."

Shmeer: To spread.

Shmooz: To gossip or shoot the breeze.

Shmutz: Literaly,dirt. Often used to describe something nasty you have gotten on yourself. "I shmutzed on myself after some ill-advised fried foods and too much beer."

Shnorrer: A moocher. "I don't want that shnorrer around because he always eats the food out of my refrigerator."

Shnoz/Shnozola: A big nose.

Shtik: A thing you do, an act. "Look out, she's going into her martyr shtik."

Shtup: Sex. Thus, Lili Von Shtup was well named in Blazing Saddles.

Shvitz: To sweat or a steam bath. "Of course my hair looks awful, I've been in a shvitz for three hours!"

Shvantz: A larger than normal penis. "That Jeff Stryker, he's got quite a shvantz. He could scratch his head if his hands were tied."

Spiel: To play a game. Most often used, however, to mean a story. "When asked she went into a long spiel about her cooking skills and how that'd saved her life in the War."

Tchotcke: A cheap trinket. frequently used to describe a sexy but brainless girl.

Tsurris: Worries.

Tuches: Ass. A tuches lekker is an ass kisser.

Ver Clempt: All chocked up. Linda Richman was always getting ver clempt and asking you to talk amongst yourselves about the Holy Roman Empire.

Yenta: A old busybody woman. She is in everyone's business whether they want it or not.

Yentz: Sex of the kind which musses your hair up, but most often used to describe getting cheated or swindled.

Yutz: A loveable fool. The village idiot. Every village needs its yutz.

Zaftig: Juicy, plump, ripe. Usually used to describe a buxom woman. One could describe me as zaftig, but not to my face.

Zhlub: A ill-mannered idiot.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old October 11th, 2005, 19:02
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That's a really funny language, I must say

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Putz: A vulgarism for cock, usually used to describe a total fool..
In 'Odessish' it's potz, from the Yiddish.
http://www.odessit.com/databases/dcread.shtml
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Schmaltz: Literaly chicken fat, but most always used to describe sentimental behavior. "God, was that film Beaches a load of schmaltz or what?"

Schmuck: Yet another vulgarism for cock, this one means someone who is a total jerk. Someone who acts like a schmuck acts like a real dick.

Schlemiel: A born loser. A schlemiel invests in summer clothes during an ice age.

Shlemazel: A person with bad luck. For example, someone who closes on a real estate purchase in San Francisco the day of an 8.5 earthquake.

Shmendrick: A weak person.

Shmatta: An old rag. Most often used to describe something a person is wearing, often ironically. "This shmatta? Its just some Chanel couture I picked up wholesale."

Shmeer: To spread.

Shmooz: To gossip or shoot the breeze.

Shmutz: Literaly,dirt. Often used to describe something nasty you have gotten on yourself. "I shmutzed on myself after some ill-advised fried foods and too much beer."
You missed "Schmeichel" - A stupid red-nosed Danish goalkeeper who lets Rivaldo score easy goals against him
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You missed "Schmeichel" - A stupid red-nosed Danish goalkeeper who lets Rivaldo score easy goals against him
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