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What are some Yiddish words in English?

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Some Yiddish words that have been appropriated by the English language include "nosh," "lox," "schlep," "schnozz" and "schtick." Some other words include "chutzpah," "klutz," "maven," "mensch" and "dreck."

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What are some Yiddish words in English?
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The English language incorporates many Yiddish words surrounding food. "Nosh" is a word used to describe eating, while a bagel is a doughnut-shaped piece of bread, and lox is a type of salmon that is often eaten with a bagel. Other Yiddish words for food include "matzos," which is a type of unleavened bread similar to a cracker, and "pastrami," a type of seasoned beef often used as lunchmeat.

Several Yiddish words begin with "sch-," such as "schlep," which means to make progress with some effort, "schtick," meaning a gimmick or attention-grabbing performance, and "schnozz," which is another word for a nose. Yiddish words with the letters "-tz" are also common in English. When someone has chutzpah, it means they have strong self-confidence or an audacious attitude. When someone is a klutz, it means they are clumsy or accident-prone. The word "putz," literally translated refers to male genitalia, but also describes a person who is inconsequential.

Many translated Yiddish idioms are used in English. For example, a common Yiddish saying translated to English is, "The closer to the synagogue, the farther from God." Another Yiddish idiom is, "I need that like I need a hole in the head."

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