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kvetch

and quetch (kvɛtʃ and kʍɛtʃ)
1. in. to complain. (From German quetschen, “to squeeze,” via Yiddish.) Quit your kvetching!
2. n. a complainer. What a kvetch you are!
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The Yiddish Kvetch: Relating Language to Culture" (review of Born to Kvetch by Michael Wex).
If Kvetch had been performed in North Korea, or Iran, it would have got the same reactions," he says.
Neither the comic nor the cosmic kvetch was new to Jewish comedy.
The Board continues its assault on so-called 'courtesy' rules that could have a chilling effect on employees' right to band together and kvetch about their jobs, pay, benefits, co-workers, bosses, customers and more.
Sun-scorched, tech-savvy locals on social networking site Twitter have up to 140 characters to kvetch about Wednesday's record-breaking heat, and tweet away they did.
STEVEN BERKOFF IN BULGARIA [the British actor will attend his play Kvetch at Aleko Konstantinov Satirical Theatre, and will present his monodrama Shakespeare's Villains at Aleko Konstantinov Satirical Theatre and in the framework of Varna Summer Festival 2009 at Stoyan Buchvarov Drama Theatre in Varna] June 2, 7pm--Kvetch in Sofia June 3, 7pm--Shakespeare's Villains in Sofia June 4, 7pm--Shakespeare's Villains in Varna
The impact of Yiddish on American English goes far beyond the "Borscht Belt" words and expressions I grew up with related to the physicality of life such as bupkes, drishke, greps, grob, kishkes, knish, kvetch, pupik, and various words not to be mentioned in polite society.
Of course, it's much easier to just sit at the booth and kvetch to a neighbor about what a lame meeting it is, and how the organization just isn't doing enough to cajole the doctors into the exhibit hall.
That kvetch is shared by the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, which recently warned it would dim the lights if attendance didn't pick up.
When such measures of perception bias are included in regressions of effective harassment on bribery, the co-efficients on bribery generally become smaller (suggesting the presence of the kvetch effect) but they remain positive and statistically significant.
No one who lives in Paris has a right to kvetch, as Christie put it in an article for the Berkeley journalism school alumni newsletter.
Three celebrated foodies create a kvetch proof "Thanksgivukkah" roasted turkey with potato latke stuffing
Like the "Desperate Housewives," they gather for confabs to kvetch, gossip and commiserate.
Born to Kvetch continues the tradition of relating language to culture, although its author, Michael Wex, does not relate his own research to Weinreich's.