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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.

  • batlan

    n. "Someone without a trade or regular means of livelihood" (Rosten).

  • bialy

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

  • boychick

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

  • bris

    n. Circumcision ceremony; the celebration surrounding it. Lit. covenant.

  • bubbale

    n. Sweetie, darling [term of endearment].

  • bubbe

    n. Grandmother.

  • 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).

  • chametzdik

    adj. Containing or contaminated with chametz (and therefore unfit to be used or eaten by observant Jews on Pesach).

  • cheder

    n. Hebrew and religious classes (often on Sundays) for elementary school children.

  • 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).

  • dybbuk

    n. A spirit, "often thought to be the soul of a dead person, that wanders the earth looking for a living body to inhabit" (JPS).

  • farbissiner

    adj. Embittered, sullen, mean.

  • farchadat

    adj. "Dizzy, confused, dopey, 'punchy.'" (Rosten)