Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All Its Moods

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Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All Its Moods - Wex, Michael
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As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases, idioms, and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive a millennium of unrelenting persecution: they never stopped "kvetching"---about God, gentiles, children, food, and everything (and anything) else. They even learned how to smile through their "kvetching" and express satisfaction in the form of complaint. In "Born to Kvetch, " ...

Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All Its Moods 2005, St. Martin's Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780312307417

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