Yoshke

Alternative Spellings

Yoshka

Definitions

  • an irreverent or derogatory name for Jesus Christ
  • a nickname for Yosef or Yehoshua (archaic Yiddish form)

Example Sentences

  • "Christmas is Yoshke's birthday."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

יאָשקע - a Yiddish diminutive form of Jesus' Hebrew name

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

Regions

North America, Great Britain

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Also: Yoshke Panderik (יאָשקע פּאַנדריק) or Yoshke Pandre (יאָשקע פּאַנדרע‬). A book called "Toldot Yeshua" claimed that his father was actually a Roman soldier named "Pandeira," whose identity was hidden by Mary. See also: http://forward.com/culture/160737/yoshke-of-nazareth/. In the 1970s in North London, a local secondary school, known officially as Christ's College, was known to local Jews as "Yoshke's Yeshiva" (because of the large proportion of Jewish students).

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