I wish you well to wear it

Definitions

  • (sentence) A saying uttered on seeing a friend or relative wearing a new garment or accessory. It is value-neutral, not implying that the garment is nice, just that it is new.

Example Sentences

  • "Is that a new jacket? I wish you well to wear it."

  • "On first seeing a new engagement ring, you would say, 'I wish you well to wear it' to pass on good luck to the newly engaged couple."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish
  • English

Etymology

  • טראָג געזונטערהײט 'wear healthily'

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • Great Britain
      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      Wear it well, Wish you well to wear it, Wear it in good health

Notes

  • "I wish you well to wear it" is used widely amongst older British Jews (especially in London). "Wear it in good health" is more common among older American Jews.

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