n. Sing-along; campfire gathering with singing.
"I always loved the Sunday night kumzits at camp."
Languages of Origin
- Modern Hebrew
Yiddish קום kum 'come', זיץ zits 'sit', which became Modern Hebrew קומזיץ
- Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Who Uses This
"Despite the existence of a Talmudic term, "tuzitz" for the same activity, and the fact that Israeli linguists attempted to replace the colloquial term with a "pure Hebrew" alternative: "Shev-na" ("please sit"), "kumzitz" never gave up its seat in the collective culture and history of Israel." (source)
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