adj. Dangerous, terrible.
“I understand that you have been through a very difficult time.” Hmm. What would be the correct word in Yiddish: Geferlech, maybe? “Something geferlech.” (source)
Languages of Origin
געפֿערלעך geférlekh, from געפֿאַר gefár, 'danger, peril'
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Who Uses This
Often used in the phrase nisht geferlech / nish geferlach / nisht geferlekh / nish gaferlach (not terrible) (נישט געפֿערלעך).
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