Born to Kvetch Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods
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Description: A delightful excursion through the Yiddish language, the culture it defines and serves, and the fine art of complaint Throughout history, Jews around the world have had plenty of reasons to lament. And for a thousand years, they've had the perfect language for it. Rich in color, expressiveness, and complexity, Yiddish has proven incredibly useful and durable. Its wonderful phrases and idioms impeccably reflect the mind-set that has enabled the Jews of Europe to survive a millennium of unrelenting persecution . . . and enables them to kvetch about it! Michael Wex-professor, scholar, translator, novelist, and performer-takes a serious yet unceasingly fun and funny look at this remarkable kvetch-full tongue that has both shaped and has been shaped by those who speak it. Featuring chapters on curse words, food, sex, and even death, he allows his lively wit and scholarship to roam freely from Sholem Aleichem to Chaucer to Elvis. Perhaps only a khokhem be-layle (a fool, literally a "sage at night," when there's no one around to see) would care to pass up this endearing and enriching treasure trove of linguistics, sociology, history, and folklore-an intriguing appreciation of a unique and enduring language and an equally fascinating culture.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/15/2006
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
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|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|
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|A Slap in the Tukhes and Hello: Yiddish Life from Birth to 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|