Lita Epstein: If You Can't Say Anything Nice Say It in Yiddish The Book of Yiddish Insults and Curses

Meh It was okay I ike reading about An Unsafe Haven language andanguages and there were some interesting bits but when it came time to the Loving Lies (Summer Lovin, laundryist of insults and curses I usually just felt bad I get from the title it isn t a book of blessings on people but some of them just felt awful I guess I was hoping for a humorous take on Yiddish and how it can be used to offer backhanded compliments or insults So certainly part of it was my expectation Also I feel I d personally get out of Caught in His Gilded World learning Yiddish rather than just trying to memorize some phrases Again a personal thingAs with anything you re mileage may varyThe short I wouldn t have read it had I been better aware of what it was and I shan t ever read it again My renewed enjoymentappreciationinterest in Yiddish continues This book was a gift from my wife and a good one it is There are many errors in the book though as far as correct translations go but it sight enough and humorous enough to get a pass on those Several of the insults are now part of my vernacular Wife s mission accomplished When I saw the title I knew I had to read this book I ve read a fair number of books written in the setting of the Jewish community and have come across uite a few Yiddish words I could surmise their meanings but now I know This books sets you straight Yiddish is not Hebrew Yiddish a very old The Viscount The Virgin language derives You don't have to be Jewish to get back at the shmendriks of the worldYiddish It's the most colorfulanguage in the history of mankind What other anguage gives you a whole dictionary of ways to tell someone to drop dead That shmuck who got promoted over you Meigulgl zol er vern in a henglaykhter by tog zol er hengen un by nakht zol er brenen He should be transformed into a chandelier to hang by day and to burn by night That soccer mom kibitzing.

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Sed down through different business cultures Schmuck chutzpah spiel I could go on I bet you know them I bet you ve used them They are all YiddishIf you want to go beyond the basics Lita Epstein has compiled a bunch of insults and other phrases in her book If You Can t Say Anything Nice Say it In Yiddish She has transliterated everything to her best approximation to how she earned them If you re on the west coast you l see some oddities in her spelling Properly written Yiddish is written with the Hebrew alphabet but uses a mostly Germanic grammar and exiconEpstein s book is a fun introduction to Yiddish but it won t take you beyond memorizing a few funny phrases Hey why earn a whole anguage when you can just focus on the good parts This is an invaluable resource for people who needs to Wellness, Not Weight learn how to deliver a good cussing out Some of the ill wishes in here are creative beyond the dreams of the average bearike May a demon take your father s son I daresay I know who to use that one on Even the blessings are The Myth of Psychology left handed May the Lord bless and keep the czarfar away from us This book is not to be missed Has some funny curses but also has some really rude and hurtful ones The glossary is really usefulSome chapters are boring There are few paragraphs on jewish herstory iiked that part a Modern Korean Literature lot The book was a christmas present from my brother. Ative insults for the putzes and kvetchers of the world this is an indispensable guide for Jews and Gentiles alike When it comes to cursing someone who sorely needs it may you never be at aoss for words againLita Epstein grew up around Yiddish While her mother and aunts usually used Yiddish to discuss something they didn't want the kids to know its meaning gradually seeped through This is her thirteenth book She cannot promise it will be her as.

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Rom a ot of German words and many other words picked where the Jews have Going Om lived over the centuries The average American might be surprised at how many Yiddish words he or she is knows without even trying bagel shalomox shmooze shmear nosh shtik shlep blintz kosher shmaltzy gezunt heit megillah shalom mensch mishmash chutzpah Mazel Tov for starters and we haven t even gotten to the insults shmuck putz shlok klutz shlepper shmok shnook If you are in the market for some handy curses this book is replete with them all of them very ong involved inventive and sometimes downright nasty but all in good fun yah Really cool idea for a book and there are some very creative insults thereBut Yiddish is a bit ike Russian Czech and similar Taking Stage languages to me my brain just does not seem to be wired for them Anything Latin based works for me and for some weird reason Swahili and Korean seem to make sense I m aanguage geek If I had infinite time and money I would spend them Pulling the Vampires Braid (A Loving Nip learning as manyanguages as I could One of the The Survival List languages that has fascinated me asong as I can remember is Yiddish It used to be a vibrant An Immigration History Of Britain language but post Holocaust it has dwindled to a dyinganguage relegated mostly to academics and the elderly There is a revival effort afoot and hopefully it will take holdIn the meantime Yiddish is mostly a anguage of phrases and insults pas. On her cell phone and tying up traffic Shteyner zol zi hobn nit keyn kinder She should have stones and not children If You Can't Say Anything Nice Say It in Yiddish is the perfect glossary of Yiddish insults and curses from the short and sweet Tu mir nit keyn toives Don't do me any favors to the whole megillah Khasene hobn zol er mit di malekh hamoves tokhter He should marry the daughter of the Angel of Death Complete with hundreds of the most cre.