Friday, November 7, 2014

Yiddish Expressions 2.7

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Express It In Yiddish:
the deal is not worth it, too small; or it doesn't pay to dirty your hands

העסק לא מספיק רווחי; או לא כדאי ללכלך את הידים בדבר הזה

עס לוינט זיך נישט פליישיק מאַכן

es loynt zikh nit fleyshik makhn

it doesn't pay to make yourself fleishik (eat meat)
(when you eat meat you have to wait up to 6 hours until you may eat dairy according to Jewish law)

זה לא משתלם להיעשות בשרי

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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