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  • 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)

  • cement mixer

    non-Jewish woman

  • I wish you well to wear it

    A saying uttered on seeing a friend or relative wearing a new garment or accessory. It is value-neutral, not implying that the garment is nice, just that it is new.

  • keppy

    head, little head (informal, diminutive, often in child-directed speech)

  • kimmel

    "kimmel bread" is rye bread with caraway seeds on top

  • Kratsmach

    Tongue-in-cheek way of referring to "Christmas," especially among Jews who want to avoid uttering the name of Christ.

  • M.O.T.

    "member of the tribe;" a Jew

  • make

    To urinate or defecate

  • no-goodnik

    bad person, scoundrel (sometimes humorous or affectionate)

  • noodge

    verb: bore, pester, nag