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Alternative Spellings



  • flaw; slight problem in a process

Example Sentences

  • "Well, there seems to be a glitch with your PC!" - said my former roommate when trying to fix my computer.

Languages of Origin



גליטש glitsh 'slippery area; slippery conditions'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


North America


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).


The usage in Yiddish is different than in English (see Etymology). See Ben Zimmer's treatment of the history of the word here:

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