Gentile Words, Jewish Meanings

Gentile Words, Jewish Meanings

What Yiddish did to German and other languages…. Wex is giving a lecture at the University of Adelaide! Click here for full details. Using a number of fairly common Yiddish words and idioms, this Special Lecture will examine some of the cultural and linguistic...
NYC Diamond District Yiddish Slang

NYC Diamond District Yiddish Slang

Ben Schott’s piece The Secret Slang of the Diamond District is published in the New York Times today with a little help from Wex. The street has its own vocabulary, honed over generations and still used today. The prevalence of Yiddish reflects the historical...
You say knaidel, I say kneydl….

You say knaidel, I say kneydl….

From Mrs. Wex: When Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word “knaidel”, the celebration I had anticipated never materialized. I envisaged universal excitement at the fact that a Yiddish word was partly...
Shtetl Interview

Shtetl Interview

Last week Wex was interviewed by Tamara Kramer for the Shtetl on the Shortwave show in Montreal about why the Joseph Opatoshu novel “In the Forests of Poland” is worth translating and preserving for future generations to enjoy. To listen to the fifteen...