adj. "Acceptable according to Jewish [ritual] law" (JPS); "trustworthy, reliable" (Rosten); acceptable according to dietary laws.
"The kosher chicken is more expensive."
"It's a kosher mezuzah."
"It's kosher with me." (Response upon asking to miss a class and making up work)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb כשר kashér, Yiddish/Ashkenazi Hebrew כּשר kósher
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
According to Gold, the pronunciation of kosher in American English is influenced by the [ow] vowel of "American Western Ashkenazic English," which was spoken by Jews from Germany and/or other western parts of Ashkenaz after immigration to the United States (David Gold, "Jewish English," in J. A. Fishman (ed.), Readings in the Sociology of Jewish Languages. Leiden: Brill. 280-298). British Jewish English uses the [ɔ] vowel from Northeastern Yiddish.
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