Word Power Quiz: How Well Do You Know These Yiddish Words?
You're probably familiar with klutz, chutzpah and schmear, but these are only the beginning.
Yiddish Words Quiz
What does schmutz mean?
c) Deli meat
Answer: a) Dirt
As in, “Only after my job interview did I realize I had schmutz on my shirt.”
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What does schlep mean?
c) Pass through
Answer: b) Haul
As in, “The heavy rain made schlepping the groceries several blocks to my house even harder.”
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What does meshuggener mean?
a) Cute child
b) Foolish person
c) Important date
Answer: b) Foolish person
As in, “‘He must be a meshuggener if he thinks he can park that truck there,’ Maria scoffed.”
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What does mensch mean?
c) Person of integrity
Answer: c) Person of integrity
As in, “Being called a mensch is a huge compliment.”
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What does nosh mean?
Answer: b) Snack
As in, “Every weekend, Sophie and Ellen meet at the coffee shop to nosh and gossip.”
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What does bubbe mean?
b) Little one
c) Hot drink
Answer: a) Grandmother
As in, “Every year, Gordon makes his bubbe’s oatmeal cookie recipe.”
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What does kvelling mean?
a) Walking noisily
Answer: c) Rejoicing
As in, “Tova was kvelling when her daughter graduated at the top of her class.”
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What does bissel mean?
a) Little bit
Answer: a) Little bit
As in, “Clara had a big breakfast so she just wants to eat a bissel for lunch.”
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What does shanda mean?
Answer: c) Scandal
As in, “‘Did you hear about that bank manager who stole deposits?’” David asked. “‘What a shanda!’”
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What does plotz mean?
b) Burst with emotion
Answer: b) Burst with emotion
As in, “Don’t plotz, but the dog soiled the carpet again.”
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What does schtick mean?
a) Weird idea
c) Comic routine or gimmick
Answer: c) Comic routine or gimmick
As in, “Marie-Anne quit touring and is doing her shtick in Vegas now.”
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What does schlock mean?
Answer: a) Shoddy
As in, “Dad bought all these schlock souvenirs during our family vacation to Myrtle Beach.”
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What does kvetch mean?
Answer: a) Complain
As in, “‘No matter how hard we try to please Alexander, he always manages to find something to kvetch about,’ Sue said.”
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What does mishegoss mean?
b) Bundle of papers
c) Worrying trend
Answer: a) Craziness
As in, “Amid the mishegoss of rushing to catch her flight home, Sofia forgot to pack a toothbrush and toothpaste.”
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What does schmooze mean?
Answer: b) Chat
As in, “Company management went to the convention to schmooze.”
Now that you’ve added these Yiddish words to your vocabulary, test your knowledge of Canadian slang.