By Gene Bluestein
The lexicon could be learn selectively, like a dictionary, or instantly via, as an informative and interesting romp via a luxurious linguistic culture. all over are the phrases of a few of America’s such a lot targeted voices—Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, Joseph Heller, and numerous others. This vastly increased and up to date moment version of Anglish/Yinglish is a best consultant to the methods Yiddish has permeated and remodeled the yankee language.
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Extra info for Anglish/Yinglish: Yiddish in American Life and Literature
A Heifetz iz er nisht A Heifetz he isn’t— or, a Heifetz he’s not. Few critics have found it possible to resist the force and wit of this direct translation from Yiddish. It’s not exactly a damning with faint praise, in fact a good review may follow, but the performer is held up to the highest standard and evaluated from its height. ” A “Peanuts” comic strip shows Charlie Brown trying to sign up players for his football team. ” The inversion sounds like German, but the Yiddish locution has wit and expression rather than standard syntax.
B. Warner fumfehs he doesn’t just fumfeh. ’ [BOORtshe is to rumble or mutter]” (Markfield TW). “Kissinger was an ingrate to his benefactors (‘Kissinger badmouths practically everybody he knows, presidents included’) and could funphfeh like a gonif when pressed for the truth” (Heller GG). fuhts v. Anglish for puttering around, doing something insignificant or nonfunctional. ” In that case fuhts is a euphemism. In the following example Portnoy means fool around or mess with, a less common usage. “Oh yeah, when I am holding all the moral cards, watch out, you crooks you!
It has largely become a show business term—an actor will be cautioned not to FUHNfe when saying lines. But it also refers to a nervous hesitation when a person is uncomfortable about making a statement, as if not quite wanting to say the words in a way that can be understood. Writing about his ambivalent attitude toward capital punishment, Norman Mailer states, “When my host asked about the death 26 / anglish/yinglish penalty, I phumphered. ‘I’m not for it,’ I allowed, ‘but I’m not against it, altogether, either.