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You Speak More Yiddish Than You Think!

kootaKoota on 06/22/2009

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YouSpeakMoreYiddishThanYouThink Photo While watching Jeopardy! the other day, I saw a word in a clue that I use every day and I had no idea that it was Yiddish! So, I had to investigate. I found several words that we use mostly as slang in the United States that were either derived from Yiddish or simply stolen outright by English speaking people and adopted into our common usage.

I am a not a native speaker of Yiddish, although it appears that I use it a lot. Each of the correct answers I had heard of myself. All incorrect answers are still Yiddish words.

According to Wikipedia, compendium of all knowledge, Yiddish is a "high German language of Jewish origin". It is written with the Hebrew alphabet, so some spelling variations will occur as it is translated into our own Latin alphabet. Be aware. Try saying the answer options out loud if the spellings look unfamiliar.

You'll have fun taking this quiz. If you don't take it right now, you're meshuggah!
15 Questions

Rating:  (8.85/9)
Difficulty:  Easy
Taken: 580 times

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Comments (54)
Pinkcar  (Level: 42.4)
Sat, 22nd Feb '14 10:43 AM

The title says it all...I'm a Canadian and was surprised to get
100%. Fun puzzle, thank you.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5)
Tue, 9th Aug '11 11:58 AM


M48ortal  (Level: 254.3)
Sun, 7th Aug '11 9:14 AM

Only one I'd never heard of. Should've watched more late TV. Amazing how many of them I got from Mad Magazine.

Geophile  (Level: 162.1)
Mon, 23rd May '11 6:56 PM

Good one, Katy!

Loopiness  (Level: 182.5)
Thu, 20th May '10 6:37 AM

Without coming over all political, I would just say that there are no "native" speakers of Yiddish. It is the language of a people, not of a place. I guess you meant it isn't your first language.
Excellent quiz, by the way. Cockamayme was one I only recently learned has Yiddish roots. (Thank you Leo Rosten)

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