- berating term for a mischievous Jewish boy
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Yiddish שקאָץ shkots 'mischievous person, jokester,' a variant of שײגעץ sheygets 'non-Jewish boy; mischievous boy (often an ironic term of endearment for a Jewish boy),' which is derived from Biblical Hebrew שקץ shekets 'a detestable thing'
Who Uses This
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic
Sheygetz/sheygets (plural shkotsim, same as the plural of this word) is in some of the print Jewish-English lexicons, but shkotz is not.
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