• n. A true story.

Example Sentences

  • "Mayse shehoye: At the Lauder Foundation's Polish summer camp, I have seen young Jewish women giggle and blush (and young Jewish men sing much louder) when the song 'yibane ha-mikdash' [may the Temple be rebuilt] was sung, since 'jebane' [yebane] -- in Polish as in Russian -- means 'f...ed.'" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y מעשׂה־שהיה mayse-shehoye

    • 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

      maise-shehoye, maise shehoyeh, maise-shehoyeh, maiseh-shehoyeh, maiseh shehoyeh, maise shehoye, mayse shehoye, mayseh shehoyeh, mayseh-shehoyeh, mayse-shehoyeh, mayse shehoyeh, mayse-shehoye


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