Friday, August 29, 2014

Yiddish Expressions 1.28

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To make grandiose promises like a huge return on an investment, or campaign promises, enormous tasks

להבטיח הרים וגבעות, עולם ומלואו

צוזאָגן פּיתום ורעמסס

tsuzogn pisom v'ramseys

to promise someone Pithom and Raamses

להבטיח פיתום ורעמסס

Yiddish is rich with expressions. In fact, sometimes the same phrase can be said in a number of different ways. I try to bring the unique ones, where it is is not obvious from the literal translation what the expression means.

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