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Born To Kvetch

Michael Wex

As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else. In Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex looks at the ingredients that went into this buffet of disenchantment and examines how they were mixed together to produce an almost limitless supply of striking idioms and withering curses. Born to Kvetch includes a wealth of material that's never appeared in English before. This is no bobe mayse (cock-and-bull story) from a khokhem be-layle (idiot, literally a "sage at night" when no one's looking), but a serious yet fun and funny look at a language. From tukhes to goy, meshugener to kvetch, Yiddish words have permeated and transformed English as well. Through the fascinating history of this kvetch-full tongue, Michael Wex gives us a moving and inspiring portrait of a people, and a language, in exile.

As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else. In Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex looks at the ingredients that went into this buffet of disenchantment and examines how they were mixed together to produce an almost limitless supply of striking idioms and withering curses. Born to Kvetch includes a wealth of material that's never appeared in English before. This is no bobe mayse (cock-and-bull story) from a khokhem be-layle (idiot, literally a "sage at night" when no one's looking), but a serious yet fun and funny look at a language. From tukhes to goy, meshugener to kvetch, Yiddish words have permeated and transformed English as well. Through the fascinating history of this kvetch-full tongue, Michael Wex gives us a moving and inspiring portrait of a people, and a language, in exile.
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As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else. In Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex looks at the ingredients that went into this buffet of disenchantment and examines how they were mixed together to produce an almost limitless supply of striking idioms and withering curses. Born to Kvetch includes a wealth of material that's never appeared in English before. This is no bobe mayse (cock-and-bull story) from a khokhem be-layle (idiot, literally a "sage at night" when no one's looking), but a serious yet fun and funny look at a language. From tukhes to goy, meshugener to kvetch, Yiddish words have permeated and transformed English as well. Through the fascinating history of this kvetch-full tongue, Michael Wex gives us a moving and inspiring portrait of a people, and a language, in exile.

Language:

English

Length:

10h 24m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

04:49


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:02


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:04


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:20


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

15:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

10:36


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

14:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

10:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

11:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

14:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

15:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

11:40


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

10:22


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:31


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

10:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:23