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Meshuggenary: Celebrating the World of Yiddish

Meshuggenary: Celebrating the World of Yiddish

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by Payson R. Stevens, Sol Steinmetz, Sol Steinmetz, Charles M. Levine, Charles M. Levine

Rumors that Yiddish is a dead language are greatly exaggerated. In fact, both the Yiddish language and culture are alive and well in America and elsewhere. English speakers take note: The Random House Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary both contain almost 100 Yiddish words that are now considered part of the English language. The impact

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Meshuggenary 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nearly everybody in the business world uses Yiddish. This is because in the past most businessman were Jewish themselves or worked with Jewish people. Learn what terms businessman use so you don't look like a schmuk!!! Also learn about Jewish History and Yiddish History. They are not the same! This book is written by a real Mensch!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The authors have produced an informative and very lively academic book (which may be an oxymoron expression). Early Yiddishists would marvel if they could now see what impact Yiddish (and Yinglish, etc.) have had and continue to have on America and American culture. Only in America could a language developed over a thousand years abroad and left for dead (until relatively recent times) be adopted and adapted to fit the American psyche and temper. Meshuggenary is a landmark success. In the years to come its depth, insight and completeness will not be easily challenged.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm from India and I love this book because I love words. The Yiddish language with its potent and expressive words adds greatly to our human vocabulary and supplies those words that uniquely describe aspects of the human condition. MESHUGGENARY provides a marvelous and necessary ingredient to the masala of human expression. The book is rich in humor and offers a great introduction to Yiddish culture. As an English teacher from another country, I marvel at how language continually expands by incorporating words and expressions from other cultures. This is just what we need to create global village communication.