yotzmach

Definitions

  • a fool, a clueless person, someone who doesn't know what they're doing

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic

Etymology

  • Likely from the Chasidish use of the phrase וְיַצְמַח פּוּרְקָנֵהּ וִיקָרֵב מְשִׁיחֵהּ v'yatzmach purkanei vikarev meshichei 'may He (G-d) cause His redemption to flourish and hasten the coming of His mashiach' in the Kaddish.
    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America

      Alternative Spellings

      yutzmach, yutsmach, yotsmach, yutzmakh, yotzmakh, yutsmakh, yotsmakh

      Notes

      • Originally a pejorative term for Chasidim as applied by misnagdim (Eastern European Jews who resisted the rise of Chasidism); 'yutz' may be a shortened form of 'yutzmach' .

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