Yiddish

Yiddish is the "Patois" of languages of every eastern European country with any significant Jewish population during the past 600 years. Dormant for a while after the great Jewish migrations of the early 20th Century and the mass exterminations of the 1930s and 40s, it's experiencing a resurgence today.

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Yiddish

What is yiddish for fool?

Schmuck

Not really. "Shmuck" is actually a very bad word children get punished for saying, and adults don't use in polite conversation. It's a very nasty thing to call someone, and is generally reserved for people who are abusive toward other people-- people who kick puppies for amusement, and drug their dates so they won't say "No."

A literal fool, someone who is easy to cheat, is a "nar." A sort of luckless person, who can never quite get things to work out well, is a shlemiel; a person who is well-meaning, but usually manages to say the wrong thing, is a schlub.

A word for a "jerk," that describes someone who isn't so well-meaning, and does put other people down, but is a little more polite than "shmuck" is "putz."

Lenny Bruce used the word "shmuck" in his stand-up comedy, in order to get a word past the censors that he wouldn't have been able to use, had he said the English equivalent. As a result, non-Yiddish speakers got the impression the word was innocuous. Be careful when using the word "shmuck" around Yiddish speakers.

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What does the yiddish word dayenu mean?

The word is Hebrew, not Yiddish. (Those are two different languages.)

The word is well known to most Jews because of its repetition in every verse of a song that's sung during the Passover seder. In that context, it's understood to mean something like "plenty for us", or "sufficient for us".

Here's a metaphor of how it's used there: Mr. and Mrs. Smith hug each other one day and break into song at the realization of their good fortune, and they breathlessly exclaim to each other: "First you get promoted to Regional Manager, and then our daughter wins the Nobel Prize, and now this ... even if we hadn'twon the lottery, it would have been plenty for us !"

At the Passover seder, the song recounts miracle after miracle that the Children of Israel received from God during the Exodus from Egypt and during the next forty years until their entry into the Promised Land, saying that any one of those would have been plenty for us, would have been cause for eternal gratitude and for the establishment of a holiday to commemorate it, and how much more we have to be grateful for after having received them all.

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How do you say sister in yiddish?

The Yiddish word for 'sister' is exactly the same as in German: pronounced "SHVESS-tair".

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How do you day God Bless You in Yiddish?

Lang lebn zolt ir!

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What does mechutonim mean in yiddish?

in-laws

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What does 'bisl' mean in Yiddish?

A "bisl" means "a little."

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What is Yiddish for aggravation?

Agmes-nefesh

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What is the Yiddish word for brother?

Breeder, or Bruder, depending on the pronunciation. The former is the Hassidic pronunciation, while the latter is how we say the same word in the Yiddish of Germany and Russia.

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What does the word Schnell mean in yiddish?

The same as it means in German (the two languages do overlap to an extant): Hurry up!

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What is the meaning of Yiddish word mensch?

A caring, decent person who can be trusted.

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A person of upstanding behavior.

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How do you say PLEASE in Yiddish?

Bihta.

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The correct pronunciation is "beeteh," with the accent on the first syllable; very similar to the same German word. Both vowels are pronounced briefly, not drawn out.

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How do you say grandson in Yiddish?

Einnikel.

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What is a yiddishe cup?

The phrase you're quoting is "Yiddishe kop", with the second word sounding more like "kawp". The word is actually straight from the German "kopf" meaning "head". A 'Yiddishe kop' is a "Jewish head". It's an observation expressed in the presence of a person who has just come out with an angle on the topic under discussion that is so audaciously unexpectedly logical in such an unconventional way that only a Jew, with 4000 years of the Jewish experience in his genes, could have thought to look at the subject that way ... whether brilliant or hopeless.

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What does the yiddish word mashugana mean?

Crazy, Silly, or a Jackass.

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What is the Yiddish name translation for Paula?

Paula: "small" - Hebrew Equivalent: Ketana

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What is the yiddish word for pregnant?

שוואַנגער

Pronounced 'schvanger'

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What does the Yiddish word lobos mean?

A lobos is a "wise guy", someone who is intemperate, cavalier, unafraid, who acts without concern for the consequences of his action. -Kirsch

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What is the Yiddish and or Hebrew translation of the name Elise?

There is no Hebrew equivalent for the name Elise, but it's very similar to the name Aliza (עליזה).There is no Yiddish equivalent for the name Elise.

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How do you say hate in Yiddish?

hobn fant

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I love you in yiddish?

איך האָב דיך ליב- ikh hob dikh lib

That is what you will most commonly hear, and is the best answer, but it is possible you will hear the phrase with the dative second person pronoun, "Ich hob dir lieb," and it is possible you will hear someone make a verb out of the word "lieb," and say "Ich lieba dich." Also, if the subject (you) is plural, then it is "Ich hob ir leib."

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What is the yiddish word for matchmaking?

Shidduch

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What is the Yiddish word for congratulations?

mazel tov (מזל טוב)

This phrase is borrowed directly from Hebrew, where it is pronounced mah-ZAHL tōv

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How do you express sympathy in Yiddish?

Mitgefil

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What is the yiddish term for what a matchmaker does a fix up?

A matchmaker is a =shadkhan=(M) or a =shadkhante= (F).

He/she makes a =shidekh= (match).

The "work" is called =shadkhones= (matchmaking)

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Is Yiddish a pidgin?

No. Pidgin is an artificial, nonliterary work-place jargon using a limited and modified vocabulary from one language according to the phonological and grammatical structure of another ( the word pidgin is trying to be the English word "business"). Yiddish is a mother tongue, a literary dialect of German ( or possibly a distinct germanic language in its own right ), which uses many words and phrases from Hebrew, Russian and Polish.

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