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Title:
Born to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods
Author:
Wex, Michael, 1954-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Harper Perennial edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper Perennial, 2006.

©2005
Physical Description:
xiii, 303 pages, 16 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
A humorous history of the Yiddish language from the middle ages to today traces the origins of numerous everyday terms, citing events throughout the past one thousand years that contributed to Jewish European communication practices.
General Note:
Originally published: St. Martin's Press, 2005.
Language:
English
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.
ISBN:
9780061132179
Format :
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