glitch

Alternative Spellings

glitsh

Definitions

  • 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).

Notes

The usage in Yiddish is different than in English (see Etymology). See Ben Zimmer's treatment of the history of the word here: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/the-hidden-history-of-glitch/.

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