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  • a nechtiker tog

    interj. "Not on your life!"

  • abi gezunt

    interj. "As long as you're healthy [you can be happy]."

  • aleichem sholom

    Peace be upon you. Response to "sholom aleichem"

  • alte bubby

    old woman, great-grandmother

  • alte haym

    Eastern Europe (lit. "the old home")

  • alte kaker

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

  • altz iz gut

    "All is well."

  • aroisgevorfene gelt

    "a waste of money"; lit., thrown out money.

  • asina

    Just like this/that, thus, in this manner. Such, even if.

  • azoy

    So, thus

  • baitsim

    balls, testicles, lit. 'eggs'

  • balaboosta

    1) Female head of household 2) Impressively competent homemaker

  • bashert

    Predicate adj. "Predestined, fated" (JPS)

  • bench licht

    (light and) bless candles

  • 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)

  • biz hundert un tsvantsik

    [may you/he/she live] "until a hundred and twenty [years]" -- often used as a birthday wish for long life, or when mentioning a person who is getting on in years.

  • 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)