Download e-book for iPad: Anglish/Yinglish: Yiddish in American Life and Literature by Gene Bluestein

By Gene Bluestein

ISBN-10: 0803261470

ISBN-13: 9780803261471

Writers have celebrated the fruitful discussion among English and Yiddish for many years. during this engrossing lexicon, Gene Bluestein unearths the complete volume of that discussion, introducing “Anglish, or Anglicized Yiddish, within which a Yiddish be aware is built-in into English utilization, as in ‘shmo’and ‘shmoozing’; and Yinglish, or Yiddishized English, within which an English observe is built-in into Yiddish utilization, as in ‘allrightnik,’ or the expression ‘a Heifitz he isn’t.’” Bluestein’s insights into and examples of numerous Yiddish expressions that experience made their means into American English are interesting and pleasant. They vividly remind us of the multiculturalism of the yankee language and of the state itself.

The lexicon should be learn selectively, like a dictionary, or immediately via, as an informative and pleasing romp via a luxurious linguistic culture. all over are the phrases of a few of America’s such a lot specific voices—Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, Joseph Heller, and numerous others. This significantly improved and up to date moment version of Anglish/Yinglish is a fabulous consultant to the methods Yiddish has permeated and remodeled the yank language.

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You can’t stand alone. . ’” FORshpais n. Literally, an appetizer. “Squeezing. Manages a pre-come that way, a forshpeis, squeezing the whole cunt hard as she can, and now she has decided: she doesn’t want to stop” (P. Roth ST). anglish/yinglish dictionary / 25 forts n. A fart. ” FRAYlekh adj. Merry, cheerful, gay. Also the name for a special Jewish dance tune often played at weddings. ” Benny Goodman heard it, asked Johnny Mercer to supply some English lyrics, and recorded it with vocalist Martha Tilton in 1939.

A gag “Chinese kosher” cookbook lists Fah Shtunk Ken Ah Fish Rolls. “And when Sophie again affirmed all that she had been saying, he looked at her with compassion and murmured, very bitterly for him, ‘Oy vey, what a farshtinkener world is this’” (Styron SC). “The professors are always schlepping in Swift to defend some farshtunkeneh nobody” (P. Roth ST). FARtig adj. Finished, the end, period. “If I said black he said white. If I said white he said . . niggers, they’re ruining the neighborhood, one and all, and that’s it.

Heading of a review by Christopher Porterfield of J. F. Powers’s Wheat That Springeth Green: “The separation of Church and Dreck was a matter of life and death for the World” (Time, 29 August 1988). A tv review in the San Francisco Chronicle: “It’s a disgrace that [Michael] Learned is on dreck like ‘Dolls’” (25 September 1989). “Well, that’s something I guess, a tribute to our ability to homogenize and package dreck. In my more pessimistic moments it strikes me that dreck’s one of our principal products.

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