Category Archives: Yiddish

We Babka Chocolate…..

Just heard from my sweetie in Somerville. Jessie knows that her Mommy is always on the look-out for random misuse of Yiddish, so she snapped this photo for me in her local Panera Bread restaurant: Oy! Although it’s not as … Continue reading

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St. Anthony and a Sock Pile

The F word is getting a lot of attention these days. It used to get you a ticket to detention. Now it’s a ticket to fame and fortune: Consider the picture book Go the F- to Sleep and Chef Gordon … Continue reading

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Everyone’s A Maven

maven: Yiddish noun. An expert or connoisseur, a specialist. A person who considers him or herself to be an expert in a particular area. When we say “maven,” we conjure up the image of a Jewish expert, like an accountant … Continue reading

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Sounds Like…..

Joyce’s husband was surprised when a non-Jewish patient told him she would need to “finagle time from work” to have surgery. “How did she know that Yiddish word?” he asked. Turns out, even though it rhymes with bagel, finagle isn’t … Continue reading

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21st Century Yiddish

We love sprinkling our conversations with Yiddish words. After all, we are The Word Mavens. There’s nothing wrong with calling it shmutz when you’re sweeping up crushed Cheerios from the kitchen floor. But when we thought about it, we realized … Continue reading

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There’s No Fool Like an Old Fool

Uh oh. Today’s Joyce’s birthday and she might now to be in the “old fool” category so we’re changing the title to You Can’t Fool Us! The next holiday coming up is . . . not Passover. It’s April Fools’ … Continue reading

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The Word Mavens Dish About Soup

It’s freezing cold and we’ve had a lot of snow. Lucky for us, January is National Soup Month. It only took a few clicks to learn that the word soup comes from the word sop, which referred to the piece … Continue reading

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