makh zikh nit visndik


  • v. To pretend not to know.

  • v. To act unconcerned.

Example Sentences

  • "I do what the Jews call makh zikh nit visndik: I am not interested in knowing what is not immediately pertinent to my circumstances." (Mudrick Transcribed: Classes and Talks by Marvin Mudrick)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • מאַכן זיך ניט װיסנדיק makhn zikh nit visndik, lit. 'to pretend not to know'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      makh zikh nisht visndik, makh zikh nisht vissendik, makh zikh nisht visendik, mach zich nisht visendik, mach zich nisht vissendik, mach zich nisht visndik, mach zich nit visndik

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