Hak mir nisht keyn tshaynik

Alternative Spellings

Hock mir nisht ka chaynik, Hak mir nisht keyn tshainik

Definitions

  • Literally, don't knock a teakettle at me
  • Stop annoying me
  • Don't bother me

Example Sentences

  • "Stop that babbling! Hak mir nisht keyn tshaynik!"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

האַק מיר נישט קײן טשײַניק

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Yiddish speakers

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

hakn a tshaynik = babble nonsense (lit. beat a teakettle) (Steinmetz's Yiddish dictionary). Also said in partial Yiddish/English: "Don't hock me a chaynik!" or "Stop hakking me a chynik!"

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