When I went to pick a new book off of my To Read shelf, my eye caught on In Other Words, which is also a gift from Cheri. This book is full of words from all around the world in lots of different languages. I thought I might share a few with you. Tonight, I will share some Yiddish words.
Chutzpah - Unmitigated gall, brazeness beyond imagination. The classic example is the boy who killed both his parents, then threw himself on the mercy of the court because he was an orphan.
Bupkis: (bup-kiss) literally, beans. Colloquially, nothing. "You're gonna sue me?! You know what you'll get!!?? Bupkis!"
Kvell: to burst with pride from the achievements of your loved ones.
Mishegoss: (mish-uh-goss) neurosis, craziness, psychological shtick, insanity, wacky idea, idée fixée, foolish notion. "Did you hear his latest mishegoss? He's quitting law school to become a drummer in a heavy metal band!"
And, because I was too lazy to type the definitions out of the book, I copied them from Bubby's Yiddish Glossary.
What's YOUR favorite word from another language?