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Born to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods

Author: Michael Wex
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A serious but fun look at Yiddish idioms, phrases, and metaphors.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Yiddish language -- History.; Yiddish language - Social aspects.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Wex
ISBN: 0312307411 9780312307417
OCLC Number: 58832297
Description: xiii, 303 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Kvetch que c'est? : the origins of Yiddish --
Six feet under, baking bagels : Yiddish in action --
Something else to kvetch about : Yiddish dialects --
Pigs, poultry, and Pampers : the religions roots of Yiddish --
Discouraging words : Yiddish and the forces of darkness --
You should grow like an onion : the Yiddish curse --
If it wasn't for bad luck : mazl, misery, and money --
"Bupkes means a lot of nothing" : Yiddish and nature --
Making a tsimmes : food, kosher and treyf --
A slap in the tukhes and hello : Yiddish life from birth --
Bar mitzvah --
More difficult than splitting the Red Sea : courtship and marriage --
Too good for the goyim : sex in Yiddish --
It should happen to you : death in Yiddish --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Michael Wex.

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A serious but fun look at Yiddish idioms, phrases, and metaphors.
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