n. Less than nothing.
n. Something bad.
"We did our best to trace the origin of this, but the shlumpers at our research department came up with gurnisht mit kaduches." (source)
"I'll give him a kadoches is what I'll give him!” (source)
"... if a rich man is kind, that is good; but if I fall into the hands of a poor man, I eat Kadoches." (source)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
קדחת Heb. kadachat 'fever' > Yid. kadokhes 'fever, next to nothing'
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
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