The Joys of Yiddish is a book containing a lexicon of common words and phrases of Yinglish—i.e., words originating in the Yiddish language that had become known to speakers of American English due to the influence of American Ashkenazi Jews. It was originally published in and written by Leo Rosten. Buy The Joys of Yiddish New edition by Leo Rosten (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible. Buy The Joys of Yiddish Reissue by Leo Rosten (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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Sometimes the stories seem joyw irrelevant to the word entry, which just increases the delightfulness of the book. Others are humorous, or include humorous stories to illustrate the definition.

And if I am only for myself, what am I Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Vat can I say Yiddish is such fun, bubeleh! Product details Mass Market Paperback Publisher: The Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten.

As is inevitable with any book that references popular culture, it quickly became dated due to the dramatic changes that American culture and Jewish-American culture underwent over the next 30 years. The jokes and definitions chosen would not be used today.


Learn more about Amazon Prime. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat The book does show its age with the entries about gay men and some of the references to women. Feb 27, Shoshi rated it it was amazing. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. This is an absolute, funny and hilarious book. Quotes from Les Joies du Yidd I’ve had a copy for 40 years! You are the True Heir of Lenin. One person found this helpful. If you like to laugh, or are interested in Jewish cuture or religion, or are just sometimes stumped by a Yiddish word now and then, you will love “The Joys of Yiddish.

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My fifth copy yiddiah give to friends who lack exposure to the many words that are part of English vocabulary with origins in Yiddish. Read it Forward Read it first. Nov 08, Stefanie rated it it was amazing. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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Essential for anyone who wants a better understanding of the contributions of Yiddish to English. Jun 08, Marilyn Hartl rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read more Read less. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Dec 18, Retrovold rated it rostne was amazing Shelves: Oct 23, Joy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I enjoyed reading and re-reading each entry. It was originally published in and written by Leo Rosten.


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Very useful and informative book, especially for the uninitiated enjoyable and colorful, too.

Dec 31, Davidg rated it really liked it. You can dip into it anywhere to learn and enjoy.