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Born to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods
A practical guide to using Yiddish words and expressions in day-to-day situations.
- "A delightful excursion through the Yiddish language, the culture it defines and serves, and the fine art of complaint. Throughout history, Jews around the world have had plenty of reasons to lament."
- "A practical guide to using Yiddish words and expressions in day-to-day situations."@en
- "A serious but fun look at Yiddish idioms, phrases, and metaphors."
- "Kvetching is to the Jewish soul what breathing is to the Jewish body. For Jews, kvetching is a way of understanding the world. It is rooted, like so much of Jewish culture, in the Bible where the Israelites grumble endlessly. They complain about their problems, and complain as much about the solutions. They kvetch in Egypt and they kvetch in the desert; no matter what God does, it's wrong. In Yiddish Jews found the perfect language for their complaints. In kvetching they made complaining into an art form. Yiddish was the main spoken language for Jews for over a thousand years and its phrases, idi."@en
- "As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases, idioms, and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive a millennium of unrelenting persecution: they never stopped kvetching--about God, gentiles, children, food, and everything (and anything) else. They even learned how to smile through their kvetching and express satisfaction in the form of complaint. In Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex looks at the ingredients that went into this buffet of disenchantment and examines how they were mixed together to produce an almost limitless supply of striking idioms and withering curses (which get a chapter all to themselves). Born to Kvetch includes a wealth of material that's never appeared in English before. You'll find information on the Yiddish relationship to food, nature, divinity, and humanity. There's even a chapter about sex. This is no bobe mayse (cock-and-bull story) from a khokhem be-layle (idiot, literally a "sage at night" when no one's looking), but a serious yet fun and funny look at a language that both shaped and was shaped by those who spoke it. From tukhes to goy, meshugener to kvetch, Yiddish words have permeated and transformed English as well. Through the idioms, phrases, metaphors, and fascinating history of this kvetch-full tongue, Michael Wex gives us a moving and inspiring portrait of a people, and a language, in exile."@en
- "This book examines the linguistics, sociology, history, and folklore of the Yiddish language and the culture it defines."
- "A humorous history of the Yiddish language from the middle ages to today traces the origins of numerous everyday terms, citing events throughout the past one thousand years that contributed to Jewish European communication practices."
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- "Born to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods"@en
- "Born to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods"
- "Born to Kvetch Yiddish Language and Culture In All Its Moods"@en
- "Born to kvetch Yiddish language and culture in all its moods"@en
- "Born to kvetch Yiddish language and culture in all its moods"
- "Born to Kvetch Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods"
- "Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods"
- "Born to kvetsh : Yiddish language and culture in all its moods"
- "Born to kvetch yiddish language and culture in all its moods"@en
- "Born to Kvetch : yiddish language and culture in all of its moods"@en
- "Born to kvetch"
- "Born to kvetch : Yiddish language and culture in all of its moods"