You say you don’t? Let’s take a quick quiz and see what you know.
KVETCH: 1. To scratch 2. To complain 3. To stir
KLUTZ: 1. An instrument 2. A dessert 3. A clumsy person
SCHMUTS: 1. Dirt 2. A breed of dog 3. A stupid person
FRESS: 1. A dress 2. To walk quickly 3. To eat (usually sloppily, in a hurry)
SCHLEP: 1. To shop 2. To carry 3. To sleep
How did you do?
KVETCH #2 KLUTZ #3 SCHMUTS #1 FRESS #3 SCHLEP #2
All these words have become what some people call Yinglish: they are so commonly used in many parts of America that they often need no translation. Here is the dictionary definition of Yiddish:
|Yiddish ˈyidiSH| noun a language used by Jews in central and eastern Europe before the Holocaust. It was originally a German dialect with words from Hebrew and several modern languages and is today spoken mainly in the US, Israel, and Russia.