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Suzie's Yiddish Guide

Last updated: 2004-02-17

Suzie Gold guide to basic Yiddish

Suzie Gold

Get an understanding on some of the Yiddish expressions spoken in Suzie Gold. From understanding what it is like to be plutzing through to dealing with all manner of machers, SJ offers a useful guide to Yiddish basics.

 

 

Yiddish WordMeaning
MishpokheFamily
MakheteynesteIn-laws

Nachas

Joy, pride
Schlep nachasTo swell with pride
PlutzingWorrying
MitzvahGood deed
BubbeGrandmother
ZeiderGrandfather
BeshertFated, meant to be
BubbelahDarling
CacaOld person
Alta cacaVery old person
KvetchTo worry
Schlemiel Fool
MeshuganaCrazy person
Meshungana HundtCrazy dog
MacherBig shot
SchvitzingSweating (as in sweating like a mule)
ShluffSleep
SchmuckAn idiot