Vanishing Yiddishisms

24 Mar

It’s a little unsettling that the New York where gentiles freely used Yiddish words and terms is fast disappearing. I used the word “kvetch” yesterday with an early-thirties, Greek-American from Brooklyn, and he didn’t know what I was talking about.

Than again, we still have Sarah Palin using “chutzpah”, but pronouncing the “ch” like “church”.

(On a related note, you guys know that “nebbish” is not correct Yiddish pronunciation, but goyim couldn’t say the “ch” sound of Yiddish and Hebrew in what is properly called a “nebbech”?)

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