As featured in the Atlanta Jewish Times and at miriinthevillage.com!
WHAT IS YIDDISH? Yiddish is really a rich combination of languages, mixing elements of German, Hebrew, and Slavic languages. It is filled with terms showing emotion and affection, and in modern times has come to be part of American culture (think: schlep, oy vey, shiksa, etc). Following are explanations of the Yiddish words that Kris Kringlestein uses, in order of appearance in the product:
- Bubbelas/bubbelehs/bubalas: Children; a term of endearment
- Schvitzing: Sweating
- Oy Vey: Oh my gosh! Oh no! Woe is me.
- Yutz: An idiot; fool; nincompoop
- Schtick: A gig; an act; a talent
- Schlepping: Carrying; hauling
- Noshing: Snacking; eating
- Tchotchkes: Trinkets; knick knacks
- Gelt: Money; also round chocolate candies wrapped in gold foil to look like gold coins
- Plotz: Explode with excitement
NOTE: There are also two words spoken by Kris Kringlestein that are foreign but are not Yiddish. They are Hebrew and are explained as follows:
- Shalom: A salutation meaning hello. Can also mean peace or goodbye.
- L'Chaim: An interjection meaning "To Life". Also used in a toast, as in "Cheers".