Born To Kvetch

Born To Kvetch

Synopsis

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 and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else.

In Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex looks at the ingredients that went into this buffet of disenchantment and examines how they were mixed together to produce an almost limitless supply of striking idioms and withering curses. Born to Kvetch includes a wealth of material that's never appeared in English before.

This is no bobe mayse (cock-and-bull story) from a khokhem be-layle (idiot, literally a "sage at night" when no one's looking), but a serious yet fun and funny look at a language. From tukhes to goy, meshugener to kvetch, Yiddish words have permeated and transformed English as well. Through the fascinating history of this kvetch-full tongue, Michael Wex gives us a moving and inspiring portrait of a people, and a language, in exile.

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Chapters

  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 04min
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 16min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 05min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 015
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 016
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 017
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 018
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 019
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 020
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 021
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 022
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 023
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 024
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 025
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 026
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 027
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 028
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 029
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 030
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 031
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 032
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 033
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 034
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 035
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 036
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 037
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 038
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 039
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 040
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 041
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 042
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 043
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 044
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 045
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 046
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 047
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 048
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 049
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 050
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 051
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 052
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 053
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 054
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 055
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 056
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 057
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 058
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 059
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 060
    Duration: 01min
  • Chapter 061
    Duration: 21s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min

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