The English language is an amalgam of ancient English, which evolved from Saxon, and many other languages. English over the centuries has borrowed from Greek, Latin, German, particularly French and many others. Some people may be unaware that English includes many Yiddish words. Yiddish, the language spoken by members of the European and American Jewish communities. Yiddish itself is also a mixture. Based on Hebrew but greatly influenced by German and Slavic languages. Every year new words are added to the English language. Here are some from Yiddish. The meanings are also given but not in the same order. Can you match the word with its’ meaning?
1. Chutzpah A. A sales pitch or persuasive argument
2. Glitch B. A fool
3. Kibitz C. Something cheap or shoddy
4. Klutz D. An insignificant or pitiful person
5. Kvetch E. An upright person, a decent human being
6. Mensch F. A person who always complains
7. Nebbish G. A clumsy person
8. Schlock H. To offer unwanted advice
9. Schmuck I. A minor malfunction
10. Spiel J. Nerve, daring, audacious
Answers: 1 A, 2 I, 3 H, 4 G, 5 F, 6 E, 7 D, 8 C, 9 B, 10 A.
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