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Born to Kvetch Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods

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ISBN-10: 0061132179

ISBN-13: 9780061132179

Edition: N/A

Authors: Michael Wex

List price: $15.99
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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…    
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
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 Religious 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 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
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