Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

This week on Schott’s Vocab (a blog by Ben Schott for the NY Times), vocab­u­lar­ists were invit­ed to pose ques­tions to Michael Wex (Born to KvetchHow to Be a Mentsh and Not a ShmuckJust Say Nu). Ques­tions includ­ed: Can you tell me any­thing about the word broiges” or broy­gas”?, Any­one have the ety­mol­o­gy of the explica­tive feh!” (express­es dis­gust and dis­dain)?, Is fak­lempt a real Yid­dish word – or some­thing that was invent­ed on SNL’s Cof­fee Talk?

For the answers to these ques­tions, and more, please vis­it part 1 and part 2 of the post:

The Oy of Yid­dish, Part 1

The Oy of Yid­dish, Part 2