n. A simple, unpretentious person.
n. One who could be a snob but chooses not to.
n. Someone who cares about Jewish values and tradition.
n. Someone with an interest in popular culture.
n. Someone with a strong social conscience.
“Franklin D. Roosevelt, my mother says, was at heart a folks-mentsh.” (NJY)
“I know a folks-mentsh who wants the cabin notices in all El Al aircraft to read: FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS - NO SMOKING - EAT FRUIT." (NJY)
"He was a rare folks–mentsh, despite the fact that he did not take part in any community affairs." (source)
Languages of Origin
- 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).
Who Uses This
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See also mensch.
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