Thursday, March 3, 2016

Yiddish Expressions 3.25

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Express It In Yiddish:
don't care about one's opinion, could care less, be contemptuous of, not give a damn about, go jump in the river

שם עליו פס, לזלזל, לא איכפת לי ממנו, לא להתייחס, להתעלם, שילך לעזאזל



האָבּן עמעצן אין לויוויטש
hobn emetsn in loyvitsh
to have someone in Loivitch
(a town in Poland with the largest cemetery in the area)
יש לך את מישהו בעיר לוֹביטש
(לויביטש זאת עיר בפולניה עם בית הקברות הכי גדולה באיזור)

פײַפן אויף יענעם
fayfn af yenem
to (blow a) whistle on someone
לצפצף על מישהו

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.


2 comments:

  1. Where's the transliteration on today's phrase?

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    1. It is always in the same place. The first line is the expression written with Hebrew letters. Right underneath that is the transliterated version of the expression.

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