- nervous energy, anxiousness, restlessness. Lit. 'pins'
- "Sit still!", said Gwen. "I can't, I've got the shpilkes," responded Marti.
- "I'm sitting on shpilkes I'm so anxious."
Languages of Origin
שפּילקע shpilke 'pin', plural שפּילקעס shpilkes
Who Uses This
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Pronounced SHPEEL-kuhs, SHPEEL-kiss, or SHPEEL-keys. Made famous within English by Mike Myers in the Saturday Night Live skit "Coffee Talk."
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