Born to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods /

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Author / Creator:Wex, Michael, 1954-
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint:New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.
Description:xiii, 303 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject:Yiddish language -- History.
Yiddish language -- Social aspects.
Yiddish wit and humor.
Jews -- Civilization.
Jews -- Civilization.
Yiddish language.
Yiddish language -- Social aspects.
Yiddish wit and humor.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references.
Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Kvetch Que C'Est? The Origins of Yiddish
  • 2. Six Feet Under, Baking Bagels: Yiddish in Action
  • 3. Something Else to Kvetch About: Yiddish Dialects
  • 4. Pigs, Poultry, and Pampers: The Religious Roots of Yiddish
  • 5. Discouraging Words: Yiddish and the Forces of Darkness
  • 6. You Should Grow Like an Onion: The Yiddish Curse
  • 7. If It Wasn't for Bad Luck: Mazl, Misery, and Money
  • 8. "Bupkes Means a Lot of Nothing": Yiddish and Nature
  • 9. Making a Tsimmes: Food-Kosher and Treyf
  • 10. A Slap in the Tukhes and Hello: Yiddish Life from Birth to Bar Mitzvah
  • 11. More Difficult than Splitting the Red Sea: Courtship and Marriage