• prep. As luck would have it; as if to spite.

Example Sentences

  • "When a preacher delivers a sermon, it is for them like the work of Satan (mayse-sotn): they sleep or doze." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y מעשׂה־שׂטן mayse-sotn, lit. 'Satan's work'

    • 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

      mayse soten, mayse sotten, mayseh sotten, mayseh soten, mayseh sotn, maiseh sotn, maiseh soten, maiseh sotten, maise sotten, maise soten, maise sotn


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