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Author Topic: How many yiddish words can you spell?  (Read 1310 times)

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Offline mecch

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How many yiddish words can you spell?
« on: May 31, 2013, 12:17:56 PM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/nyregion/queens-boy-13-wins-scripps-spelling-bee-with-knaidel.html

Arvind V. Mahankali, 13 year old from Queens, won the Spelling Bee and 30K for spelling "knaidel". 

A few thoughts. Wow, first, bravo to him for that one, and all the others he had to spell to get there.

Second, double bravo!

I guess I was surprised Scripps puts Yiddish words into the Bee. 

In my classes with french (and a few german) speakers, we use lots of American pop culture - TV, music, movies, comic books, you name it.

Every year, there are probably about 10 Yiddish words they learn, when they come up, such as glitch, Mazel Tov, mentsh, oy vey, shmaltz, shmooze, schmuck, shtick, tchatchke.  (American English being what it is and American "show biz" having its culture and affection for the Yiddish language. You'd be surprised how often you hear the Yiddish, if you thought about it, or if you didn't speak English!)

Knaidel though, wow that's a stretch.  Mazel Tov!

 

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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2013, 01:24:35 PM »
Congrats to the young man.  A few Yiddish mavens, however, take exception to his spelling of the winning word as it breaks with traditional spelling which is kneydl:

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/nyregion/some-say-spelling-of-a-winning-word-wasnt-kosher.html?pagewanted=all

Oy vey!
« Last Edit: June 01, 2013, 01:27:17 PM by OneTampa »
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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2013, 01:42:00 PM »
Supposed to be not the first time Scripps have controversy over spelling of Yiddish and other arcane vocabulary.
I didn't know there was standard spellings for a lot of Yiddish words...
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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2013, 01:51:23 PM »
Im still working on spelling English words .

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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2013, 06:08:49 PM »
Yarmulke. 
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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2013, 06:33:50 PM »
Yarmulke.

Abbreviated skull cap. 

 ;) :D
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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2013, 08:06:23 PM »
Im still working on spelling English words .

So that's how you spell English...who knew!

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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2013, 08:33:04 AM »
Oy vey, I'm plotzing. Nu?
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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2013, 11:32:09 AM »
Thanks bubbala!
I didn't know dreck is a Yiddish word.
I haven't heard "faygala" in a long time but I remember people used it often in the 70's.
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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2013, 11:54:01 AM »
Good posts with insightful looks into Yiddish parlance and how it mingles with other "tongues".  Very interesting and definitely not ............



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« Last Edit: June 03, 2013, 12:00:59 PM by OneTampa »
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Re: How many yiddish words can you spell?
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2013, 12:40:57 PM »
One of the most treasured gifts I ever gave to a beloved friend was Leo Rosten's THE JOYS OF YIDDISH. ...For which she said "ein glick on mein keppelah."
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