- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Pocket (January 2, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067172813X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671728137
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joys of Yiddish Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 1991
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Leo Rosten left a great legacy of Jewish culture with his classic informal lexicon of Yiddish. Rosten defines (by synonym, anecdote, and joke) the words that have made it into common parlance (like chutzpah, schlep, and schmooze) as well as a choice collection of less integrated but equally rich vocabulary such as schmatte (a rag, i.e. what a schmatte you're wearing), chozzerai (literally "pig food," now denoting crap or junk food), and hundreds more. First published in 1968, Rosten's aptly named compendium still sings with humorous erudition.
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This is not a book for linguists but more for social psychologists or those in search of a humorist's approach to the Yiddish language.