"The Yiddish Kvetch
: Relating Language to Culture" (review of Born to Kvetch
by Michael Wex).
had been performed in North Korea, or Iran, it would have got the same reactions," he says.
He has authored a novel, Shlepping the Exile (2) and a recent non-fiction book on Yiddish, Born to Kvetch
. (3) Born to Kvetch
has been acclaimed in the mainstream and Jewish press (including The New York Times (4) and the Forward (5).
Now, though, Ephron kvetches
about her wrinkled neck, the one part of a woman's aging body that can't be resurfaced.
Finally, to understand what New Yorkers are talking about (tawkinabow), any newcomer unfamiliar with Basic Yinglish will need to take a crash course to grasp such classic locutions as shlep (to lug, carry), kvetch
(complain, whine), shmuck (a dope, jerk, in Yiddish a penis), shmeer (to spread or a spread), and oy (an untranslatable exclamation that Leo Rosten describes as not a word but a vocabulary).
In "Stressed out on four continents: Time crunch or yuppie kvetch
?" (National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper Series) Daniel S.
May we look back on this time and find that all we had to kvetch
about was gridlock.
In the rare cases in which they no longer work, they still come to the DDC to socialize, kvetch
, play games, and hang around.
It is likely that my job advancement was due to my obnoxious corrections of the editors' atrocious Yiddish pronunciations, demonstrating to White Anglo Saxon Protestants how to kvetch
as well as properly articulate the word, reminding ARIL officers not to schedule board meetings on Jewish holy days, and schlepping (my special expertise) mail sacks and buttering up the post office's periodicals supervisor.
However, the manager in firm A likes to complain (in Yiddish, "kvetch
") more about government action, and thus may report more bribery and more harassment.
It's common for new and small wineries to kvetch
that distributors don't give them the warm response they naturally expect.
Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who apparently still thinks of himself as a centrist liberal, and a host of rightwing pundits kvetch
about the threat that identity politics poses to our "common culture"; they sound the tocsin against it as a harbinger of the new barbarism.
Its voguish Greek-derived title Architrenius means 'Archlamenter' (or perhaps, less respectfully, 'The Master Kvetch