Itchy

Alternative Spellings

Itshie, Itchie, Itshy, Idtchy

Definitions

  • Ashkenazi Jew

Example Sentences

  • The Itchies pray at that synagogue.

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

Likely from Syrian Jews' hearing and repeating the word 'Yiddish', perhaps influenced by the Yiddish name Itshe.

Who Uses This

Syrian: Jews with recent ancestry in Syria

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

The most common theory about the origin of this word: When Syrian Jews immigrated to America in the early 1900’s they were asked by their Ashkenazi counterparts if they spoke Yiddish/Idish. Syrian Jews then used the word "Yiddish" to refer to Ashkenazim, changing its pronunciation slightly. Another theory is that the word is based on the common Ashkenazi name Itshe/Itshy, derived from Yitzchak.

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