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Here is a link to a Yiddish glossary. It is just a sample of words used in Yiddish. Some of the words on the list (and some Yiddish words not on the list) have become part of the English language. Do you recognize any of the words?
 

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I recognise quite a few- we use many in British English. ;-)
 

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Certainly, klutz, chutzpah and kibitz have become part of the English language. I have also heard the expression, "That's a cockamamie idea."
  • Yiddish Borrowings

    bubkes -- lit. beans; nothing
    chutzpah -- gall, nerve, or brashness
    drek -- shit, literally or figuratively
    kibitz -- meddle; offer gratuitious advice
    kluz -- dullard; clumsy person
    kosher -- fit to eat under Jewish dietary laws; proper, legitimate
    maven -- expert, connoisseur
    mensch -- admirable human being; person of dignity and integrity
    nosh -- snack, nibble, or eat a bit
    putz -- lit. penis; jerk
    schmooze -- have a heart-to-heart talk; chitchat or gab with one's associates
    shlep -- drag, haul around; trudge
    shlock -- shoddy, poorly-crafted items
    shmaltz -- lit. rendered chicken fat; mawkish over-sentimentality
    shmuck -- lit. penis; bad person, idiot, fool, or bastard
    shnook -- pathetic but lovable fool, easy mark, or sucker
    shnoz -- nose, especially a large one
    tush -- buttocks

    (From the Word Menu.)
 

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There are others where the origin is less well known, like'slapper' which comes from 'schlep', meaning journey, and is used to describe someone (usually a woman) who has 'been around' in her time.;-)
 

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That's a good one.

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I liked it- I'd never have suspected its origins. ;-)
 
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