Yinglish

Pronunciations

Yinglish (YING-glish) listen

Definitions

  • n. "[The] informal and facetious name for" "the Yiddish-influenced [variety] of English used chiefly by American and British Jews of Ashkenazi descent." (Steinmetz)

Example Sentences

  • "My Yinglish comes out when I'm talking to my zaidie."

Languages of Origin

  • English

Etymology

  • portmanteau of Yiddish + English

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

  • Can refer to the variety of English used by either non-Yiddish speakers or Yiddish speakers. See also yeshivish.

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