( BOOKS If You Can't Say Anything Nice Say It in Yiddish The Book of Yiddish Insults nd Curses ) Author Lita Epstein – ecogenlife.org
Meh It was okay I like reading bout language nd languages Easy and there were some interesting bits but when it came time to the laundry list of insultsnd curses I usually just felt bad I get from the title it isn t Morrissey y los atormentados a book of blessings on people but some of them just feltwful I guess I was hoping for humorous take on Yiddish nd how it can be used to offer backhanded compliments or insults So certainly part of it was my expectation Also I feel I d personally get out of learning Yiddish rather than just trying to memorize some phrases Again Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe a personal thingAs withnything you re mileage may varyThe short I wouldn t have read it had I been better Interview with the Vampire aware of what it wasnd I shan t ever read it Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical again My renewed enjoymentappreciationinterest in Yiddish continues This book was gift from my wife nd good one it is There The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table are many errors in the book thoughs far s correct translations go but it s light enough nd humorous enough to get pass on those Several of the insults re now part of my vernacular Wife s mission Ravished by a Duke accomplished When I saw the title I knew I had to read this book I ve read fair number of books written in the setting of the Jewish community Damn Delicious Meal Prep and have comecross uite few Yiddish words I could surmise their meanings but now I know This books sets you straight Yiddish is not Hebrew Yiddish very old language derives You don't have to be Jewish to get back t the shmendriks of the worldYiddish It's the most colorful language in the history of mankind What other language gives you whole dictionary of ways to tell someone to drop dead That shmuck who got promoted over you Meigulgl zol er vern in Deep Lane: Poems a henglaykhter by tog zol er hengen un by nakht zol er brenen He should be transformed into chandelier to hang by day nd to burn by night That soccer mom kibitzing.
Rom lot of German words nd many other words picked where the Jews have lived over the centuries The verage American might be surprised t how many Yiddish words he or she is knows without even trying bagel shalom lox shmooze shmear nosh shtik shlep blintz kosher shmaltzy gezunt heit megillah shalom mensch mishmash chutzpah Mazel Tov for starters nd we haven t even gotten to the insults shmuck putz shlok klutz shlepper shmok shnook If you Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry are in the market for some handy curses this book is replete with themll of them very long involved inventive nd sometimes downright nasty but ll in good fun yah Really cool idea for The Online Diary of a Masochistic Submissive a booknd there re some very creative insults thereBut Yiddish is bit like Russian Czech Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution and similar languages to me my brain just does not seem to be wired for them Anything Latin based works for mend for some weird reason Swahili nd Korean seem to make sense I m language geek If I had infinite time nd money I would spend them learning s many languages s I could One of the languages that has fascinated me s long s I can remember is Yiddish It used to be vibrant language but post Holocaust it has dwindled to My Lady Viper a dying language relegated mostly tocademics Sunflower and the elderly There is revival effort foot nd hopefully it will take holdIn the meantime Yiddish is mostly Periyar: A Political Biography of E.V. Ramasamy a language of phrasesnd insults pas. On her cell phone nd tying up traffic Shteyner zol zi hobn nit keyn kinder She should have stones nd not children If You Can't Say Anything Nice Say It in Yiddish is the perfect glossary of Yiddish insults Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home and curses from the shortnd sweet Tu mir nit keyn toives Don't do me ny favors to the whole megillah Khasene hobn zol er mit di malekh hamoves tokhter He should marry the daughter of the Angel of Death Complete with hundreds of the most cre.
Sed down through different business cultures Schmuck chutzpah spiel I could go on I bet you know them I bet you ve used them They re ll YiddishIf you want to go beyond the basics Lita Epstein has compiled bunch of insults nd other phrases in her book If You Can t Say Anything Nice Say it In Yiddish She has transliterated everything to her best pproximation to how she learned them If you re on the west coast you ll see some oddities in her spelling Properly written Yiddish is written with the Hebrew lphabet but uses mostly Germanic grammar nd lexiconEpstein s book is fun introduction to Yiddish but it won t take you beyond memorizing few funny phrases Hey why learn whole language when you can just focus on the good parts This is Commit!: Unlock Your Full Potential and Learn to Lead Yourself an invaluable resource for people who needs to learn how to deliver good cussing out Some of the ill wishes in here re creative beyond the dreams of the verage bear like May Announcing Trouble a demon take your father s son I daresay I know who to use that one on Even the blessingsre left handed May the Lord bless nd keep the czarfar way from us This book is not to be missed Has some funny curses but The Book of Revelation: also has some really rudend hurtful ones The glossary is really usefulSome chapters The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time are boring Therere few paragraphs on jewish herstory i liked that part Edward Keating: Main Street: The Lost Dream of Route 66 a lot The book was christmas present from my brother. Ative insults for the putzes nd kvetchers of the world this is n indispensable guide for Jews nd Gentiles like When it comes to cursing someone who sorely needs it may you never be t loss for words Calibre (Inspector Brant, againLita Epstein grew upround Yiddish While her mother nd unts usually used Yiddish to discuss something they didn't want the kids to know its meaning gradually seeped through This is her thirteenth book She cannot promise it will be her las.