Tag: Yiddish

  • What’s that schmuck doing in the jewelry store?

    What’s that schmuck doing in the jewelry store?

    8 May 2022 The war in Ukraine has catapulted yet another German word into English vocabulary in just two months. The word is Zeitenwende, turning point. It takes its place next to venerable old-timers such as zeitgeist, angst and doppelgänger. I’m going to indulge in the luxury of ignoring the war itself. Instead, let’s take […]

  • The queen turns out to be a football

    The queen turns out to be a football

    Languages often adopt foreign words, but this can cause some odd situations, especially when the meaning gets twisted in the process.