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  • alte kaker

    elderly person, old-timer [literally "old shitter"] "A crotchety, fussy, ineffectual old man." (Rosten)

  • balaboosta

    1) Female head of household 2) Impressively competent homemaker

  • bashert

    Predicate adj. "Predestined, fated" (JPS)

  • berya

    "Complimentary term for a talented, competent, energetic woman, especially one who gets a lot done - and does it well - around the house." (JPS Dictionary of Words)

  • bialy

    A flat breakfast roll, shaped like a round wading pool, sometimes sprinkled with onion. (Rosten)

  • bisl

    "a little bit of something, a tiny piece" (JPS)

  • Borscht Belt

    region in the Catskill Mountains with many summer resorts frequented by Jews, especially in the mid twentieth century

  • boychick

    "A young boy...equivalent of the American expression 'buddy'" (JPS)

  • bubbale

    sweetie, darling [term of endearment]

  • bubbe meise

    "Something of little importance, an inconsequential thing or minor happening." (JPS)

  • chazir

    1. pork 2. a pig, greedy person (JPS)

  • chrain

    a spicy paste made from grated horseradish.

  • dreck

    "Trash, junk, garbage; cheap or worthlesss things." (Rosten), sh*t

  • farbissiner

    adj. embittered, sullen, mean

  • farblondzhet

    Rosten: "Lost...mixed up, wandering about without any idea of where you are." Can refer to being physically or intellectually lost.

  • farmisht

    mixed up, confused, crazy

  • feh!

    an expression of disgust; "portraying...negative feelings" (Rosten)

  • forshpayz

    "appetizers" (JPS)

  • fress

    To gobble up food; to gorge oneself. "To eat quickly or noisily, like an animal" (JPS)

  • ger

    (pl. gerim) A convert to Judaism.