tzoraas, tsarot, tsuriss, tsuris, tsures, tzores
- "Troubles, woes, worries, suffering." (Rosten)
- "This project has been nothing but tsorris."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb צרות tsarót, Yiddish tsóres (plural of צרה tsará/tsóre)
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
This word originally stems from Hebrew, but is more closely associated with Yiddish discourse.
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