Thursday, December 4, 2014

Yiddish Expressions 2.11

Express It In Yiddish
someone is getting into the crux, the core, the essence of a subject, quibbling, stretching a point (it is done when studying the Talmud), pedantic

כשנכנסים לתוך תוכו של נושא ומנתחים אותו לחתיכות קטנטנות, בלימוד ובכל ענין מסובך

דרייען מיטן גראָבּן פינגער

dreyen mitn grobn finger

turn (rotate) your thumb (as part of a discussion)

לסובב את האגודל בהסברה

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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