Kratsmach

Alternative Spellings

Kratsmakh, Kratzmach, Kritzmach, Chritzmach, Kratsmikh

Definitions

  • Tongue-in-cheek way of referring to "Christmas," especially among Jews who want to avoid uttering the name of Christ.

Example Sentences

  • "This leads to the obvious question at this time of year as to whether there is a heter to pronounce the name of Xmas, as opposed to Kratzmach or some other such corruption. It is exceedingly difficult to function in the modern workplace without uttering this word." (http://crystaldecadenz.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/kratsmach-post-three-year-anniversary/)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, English

Etymology

קראַץ מיך krats mikh 'scratch me,' based on similar sound to English "Christmas"

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

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