Yesterday I was looking up a certain word to see if it was Yiddish (the word was "schlub"). I went to Wikipedia, and discovered that there are a whole lotta words in the English language that are of Yiddish origin! Check this out!
I remember "schlemiel" and "schlimazel" from that old Laverne and Shirley TV show, because that was in their opening song. I have also heard other words such as bagel, chutzpah, schlep, and schmo. I've even used oy vey at one time or another. But there are other words that I haven't heard of. For instance...
noodge : to pester, nag, whine; as a noun, a pest or whiner
tummler : an entertainer or master of ceremonies, especially one who encourages audience interaction
pisher : a nobody, an inexperienced person (for some reason, there's several Yiddish words for various types of foolish or dim-witted persons)
meshuggener : a crazy person
ganef or gonif : thief, scoundrel, rascal
macher : big shot, important person
mishpocha : extended family
Click on the link above to see more. So don't be such a nudnik and go check it already! What am I, your teacher or something?
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