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  • a nechtiker tog

    interj. "Not on your life!"

  • aleichem sholom

    interj. Peace be upon you (response to "sholom aleichem").

  • alte kaker

    n. Elderly person, old-timer; "A crotchety, fussy, ineffectual old man" (Rosten).

  • aroisgevorfene gelt

    n. "A waste of money"; lit., thrown out money.

  • balaboosta

    n. Female head of household.

  • berya

    n. "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

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

  • Borscht Belt

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

  • boychick

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

  • bubbale

    n. Sweetie, darling [term of endearment].

  • bubbe meise

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

  • bulbenik

    n. One who is inept, clumsy, all thumbs, who fouls things up (Rosten).

  • bulvan

    n. Loud mouth know-it-all; "a boorish, brutish person" (Steinmetz).

  • chazir

    n. Pork.

  • Chelm

    n. From Yiddish literature/folklore, "The 'legendary' town inhabited by befuddled, stupid, foolish, but endearing people." (JPS). Also a real town in Poland (Chelmno).

  • farbissiner

    adj. Embittered, sullen, mean.

  • farblondzhet

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

  • farshtunken(e)

    adj. Literally 'stinking' (Rosten); contemptible.

  • fartootst

    adj. "The state of being bewildered, disoriented, discombobulated; slightly more intense than tsedrayt." (Rosten)

  • feh

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