Thursday, October 29, 2015

Yiddish Expressions 3.7

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Express It In Yiddish:
someone that's stuck or set in his ways, no flexibility, obstinate, stubborn, steadfast

מישהו שתקוע בדרכיו בלי גמישות, עקשן, איתן בדעתו, לא מתפשר

עס שטייט נישט אין זײַן מאַמעס סידור'ל
(איינער וואָס האַלט זיך בּײַ זײַנע מנהגים)

es shteyt nit in zayn ma'mes sider'l
(eyner vos halt zikh ba zay'ne minhogim)

it's not written in his mother's prayerbook

זה לא כתוב בסידור של אמא שלו

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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