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  • aleichem sholom

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

  • baitsim

    n. Balls, testicles, lit. 'eggs'.

  • 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)

  • broiges

    adj. Angry, annoyed.

  • bubbe meise

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

  • chazir

    n. Pork.

  • ger

    n. (pl. gerim) A convert to Judaism.

  • ghattis

    n. Derogatory term for working-class or boorish Afrikaaner person.

  • golem

    n. "A creature of Jewish medieval folklore, a golem is a figure made into the form of a human and given life." (JPS)

  • gonif

    n. Thief.

  • hazarai

    n. Treyf (non-kosher) food.

  • in a gite shu

    (sentence) At the right time.

  • kaddishl

    n. A son who will say kaddish for a parent (literally, "little kaddish").

  • kadoches

    n. Less than nothing.

  • keinehora

    interj. "No evil eye" (Rosten). "An expression said to ward off the evil eye or bad luck in general; the verbal equivalent of knocking on wood." (JPS)

  • madrega

    n. Level, especially spiritual level.

  • mamzer

    n. Bastard [see note]; "A detestable [person] like the colloquial English "He's a bastard."" (Rosten)

  • mayofes

    n. A servile person (see note below).

  • mazume

    n. "A group of three or more adult males who join together to recite the after-meal blessings..." (Steinmetz)