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A Dictionary Of Yiddish Slang & Idioms 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0806503479
ISBN-10: 0806503475
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Text: English, Yiddish

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel; 1st edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806503475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806503479
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The setup of the book makes it easy to use. The words and phrases are accurate; my native Yiddish speaking mother liked it. We were able to start talking and having fun right away. I was raised around Yiddish, but it hadn't occurred to my parents to teach it to their children. Love this book.
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This book appears to be a first draft. No pronuciation help. Does not show how use the words. It would be worth buying if the author finishes it.
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Fabulous. Yiddish slang has made its way into English. You don't want to be left behind at a sophisticated dinner party, do you? And, Yiddish is SO much fun. A very powerful language when you need a good curse, an expression of hope, a blurt of disgust, blatant love and devotion and the top 6 phrases for dealing with a dope. A wonderful reference book as necessary as the OED.
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I have wonderful friends who are Jewish and say Yiddish slang all the time. I hated to constantly be asking what a word meant. I went to Border Books and asked for a Yiddish dictionary and they brought out a 20 pound book. I then asked for a book of Yiddish Slang and they ordered this book for me. The book became so popular at our home that I bought a bunch of copies on Amazon and give them to friends. Now I ask "how do you spell that word".
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The first 3 words we looked up were missing. While we figured schmeckle had a 50/50 shot of being in there, putz and schmuck were missing. While originally from Dutch (maybe German?), verboden was also missing.
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Am so excited. Reading this in my old age will keep my mind sharp, and my wits even sharper. Love Yiddish when I hear it and just wanted to learn more. When I started I didn't even know what "maven" was. Will get better thanks to this. Shipping went well too.
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Yiddish is such a wonderful language filled with expressive words--some with multiple meanings. The authors have put together a very useful dictionary of slang and expressions, alphabetized and easy to find. It should be noted that the book is not an all-inclusive dictionary of the Yiddish language, but it is so very handy. An excellent book.
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Recommend to anyone who loves Yiddish! Good for those who want to remember and those who want to learn Yiddish!
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