Some more fun from Yiddishland

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If I asked to touch your pupik?

Corey

Get ready for flip cam games with the NJFP at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on the Dec 17th, 2009, 6 – 8:30pm.

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In the meantime, please watch the clip below.

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Insult of meaning?

Shmuck- this insulting term has become  an everyday American curse. However there is something fundamentally wrong in the transformation. Schmuck literally translates to a detestable pseudonym for male genitalia. Think for a second, when is the last time you ever wanted to call somebody a penis? Given the circumstances however; American English is devoid of meaningful insults. Avoiding ‘F!@#’ in a typical uncivil argument is comparable avoiding corn in Iowa. ‘Schmuck’ and other witty insults are in high demand.

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CoreyI was thinking about tracing my family lineage back to Armenian/Hungarian roots. This proved to be a more difficult task than i had hoped for. I could not get a hold of my uncle Henry this weekend. As for my father, absence from California made interviewing impossible. I should add that previous inquiries into a family history from his perspective have come up short of information.

I believe the best course of action would be to: change focus from searching for antediluvian relatives and photos to a more versatile presentation. The lines along which I am going to pursue are words and phrases for things that nobody really knows where they came from, or may differ in explanation. Examples of such include the idioms: bite the dust, early bird gets the worm, spill the beans…etc. I am sure you know have plenty of your own, a few you might be curious about.