The Joys of Yiddish is a book containing a lexicon of common words and phrases of Yinglish—i.e., words originating in the Yiddish language that had become known to speakers of American English due to the influence of American Ashkenazi Jews. It was originally published in and written by Leo Rosten. Buy The Joys of Yiddish New edition by Leo Rosten (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible. Buy The Joys of Yiddish Reissue by Leo Rosten (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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I’d recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about Yiddish and incorporating some of its words and phrases in their speech. I learned a lot about Jewish culture, and the jokes there are a lot of them kept me in hysterics.

Written by Leo Rosten over 50 years ago the information is timeless. You are the true heir of Lenin? John Updike ‘s final novel in the Rabbit series, Rabbit at Restcopies Rosten’s joke from the entry on tsuris.

Jewish purists derided Yiddish for its ‘bastard origins,’ ‘vulgar’ idioms, ‘hybrid vocabulary’; Hebraicists have long called Yiddish ‘uncivilised’ cant; German Jews, who despies the Ashkenazi, called Yiddish ‘A barbarous argot’ and a ‘piggish jargon. My only issue here was with the orthography.

Rosten defines by synonym, anecdote, and joke the words that have made it into common parlance like chutzpah, schlep, and schmooze as well as a choice collection of less integrated but equally rich vocabulary such as schmatte a rag, i. I was in love with a Vonderful Jewish man In the preface, Rosten writes “I think Yiddish a language of exceptional charm Want to Read saving…. Pocket January 2, Language: Looking for More Great Reads?


No one can say it better than Leo Rosten whose subtitle to “Joys” reads: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. This is my 3rd copy since I lend this book to many friends, both Jewish and non-Jewish individuals since so many words of Yiddish have entered the English vocabulary. I couldnt stay away from reading the anecdotes, jokes and little stories. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Pocket April 1, Language: And many, many entries especially on many, many Yiddish insults prompt telling a couple of seemingly inexhaustible reservoir of Jewish jokes.

Although not exactly a sit-down-and-read-for-a-long-time kind of books, this is a very interesting dig into the history and complexity of Yiddish. Oct 11, Chuck rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about The Joys of Yiddishplease sign up. Please try again later.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and rosfen customers. Product details Mass Market Paperback Publisher: Apr 29, The Library Lady rated it it was amazing Shelves: Here is a simple worker, a loyal Communist, who says I haven’t read the message from Trotsky with enough feeling! My fifth copy to give to friends who lack exposure to the many words that are part of English vocabulary with origins in Yiddish.

Titled The New Joys of Yiddishit was revised by Lawrence Bushwith copious footnotes added to clarify passages that had become outdated. A nudnik is fosten pest: With Rosten’s help, anyone can pronounce and master the nuances of words that convey everything from compassion to skepticism.


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Savor the irresistible pleasure of Yiddish in this banquet of a book! With that, here are some anecdotes and jokes that bear repeating, as recorded by Rosten edition. And many, many entries especially on many, many Yiddish insults prompt telling a couple of seemingly inexhaustible reservoir of Jewish It’s not often that you see a book written with such love. Yes, it’s a dictionary, but the best definitions ever!

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Enjoy the most comprehensive and hilariously entertaining lexicon of the colorful and deeply expressive language of Yiddish. The Joys of Yiddish. The book does fosten its age with the entries about gay men and some of the references to women. Jun 29, Martin rated it really liked it.

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