glitch

Definitions

  • n. 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

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • 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)

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      glitsh

Notes

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

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