n. An expert, worker, craftsman.
n. (sarcastic) A failure at a certain role.
“His son-in-law? Oh, there’s a balmelokhe!” (NJY)
“As a tightrope walker, Bloomgarten was no balmelokhe, but as a salesman—!” (NJY)
"When it comes to words, Gary Barwin is a mayster balmelokhe. His ritmish sentences and beautiful loshn will leave you farklemt despite the fact that mensch are being struck down on all sides." (source)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
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