plotz

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • v. "1. To split, to burst, to explode. 2. " To be aggravated beyond bearing" (Rosten) [lit. "to explode"]

Example Sentences

  • "The news was so wonderful I almost plotzed when I heard it!"

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Yiddish פּלאַצן platsn (inf.) 'to crack, split; (patience) give out; (plan) burst, fizzle out' (verbal stem is פּלאַץ plats)

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      platz, plots, plats

Notes

  • Often conveys a sense of completely collapsing.

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