kuntz

Alternative Spellings

kunts

Definitions

  • strategy (Weiser)
  • feat, stunt, trick, challenge, ingenuity
  • peculiarity, particular oddness (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • So he can juggle. What's the kuntz? Anyone can.
  • The Magician said "Kinderlach, I have vun more kuntz!"
  • "What’s the kuntz in drinking different color poweraid from winded bottles or marshmallow fluff from toothpaste tube." (http://matzav.com/the-matzav-shmoooze-chemical-shtick)
  • "The kuntz to winning this game is to protect pieces before going on the offensive." (Weiser)
  • "He stayed indoors when everyone else took a walk on this beautiful day. He has his own kuntz going." (JPS)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

קונץ kunts 'trick, stunt, feat'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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