Alternative Spellings

bushah, bushe, busheh


  • "Disgrace" (Glinert), shame, embarrassment

Example Sentences

  • "What, he ran a way with a graduate student? And in the middle of a semester? What a busha!"
  • "What a busha to use a tattoo that’s asur to honor a jew" (https://vosizneias.com/2012/08/01/london-olympic-swimmer-memorializes-his-jewish-grandfather-in-unconventional-way/)
  • "if only wouldn’t broadcast the fact taht he’s jewish-what a busha." (https://vosizneias.com/2010/06/02/washington-barney-frank-israelis-action-makes-me-ashamed/)
  • "For the locations with Hebrew names, standardize them, so that, for example, on road 4 you don't have two signs within a hundred meters of each other with one showing En Hod, the other; Ein Hawd! What a Busha! (LOL)" (https://www.ynet.co.il/Ext/App/TalkBack/CdaViewOpenTalkBack/0,11382,L-3745563,00.html)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Hebrew בושה 'embarrassment', Yiddish בושה bushe 'embarrassment, shame'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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