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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2009
The book of Yiddish insults and curses,not only for Jews, but for anyone who appreciated the play on words so loved by jewish commedians. No subject is sacrosanct.'When does the wealthy man go hungry/ When the doctor orders him...200 pages of laughter and a glossery to give one the Yiddish, How to say it, and the English in case one needs the explaination.This book is the right size to slip in the pocket and read on the train, but take care other passengers will not know why you are laughing. This is fun for jews and Gentiles alike.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2010
Hilarious, funny, clever, all words which fail to describe Ms Epstein's take on life. Everyone should know the joy of telling their boss "May the angel of death fall in love with you!" (said with a smile it can sound like a compliment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
A great read and an enjoyable introduction to a new, vibrant language.
Dr M K Harkness
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2011
I have a good collection of yiddish books and dictionaries and this addition to my bookshelf is entertaining reading. In it the author captures the oblique ironies of the language. In yiddish an insult can sound like a gift. It is not a book to make anyone profficient in speaking yiddish. But it is a great help in appreciating the nuances of the phrases we slip into our own speech.
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on 5 November 2012
the beginning gives interesting information about the history of the language. Then came the best part: there are some hillarious examples of 'curses' and insults, that the author felt needed full conversations to 'help' them, which were not needed and which after a while became somewhat tedious. The part with the curses and insults was quite short, (hardly about a third of the book). The last part of the book was repeating all the curses and insults we read in the previous pages - but this time in Alphabetic order and organized from English to Yiddish. And if that wasn't enough - they were all repeated yet again, this time organized from Yiddish to English.

it could have been an excellent booklet - but it was 'fattened' up into a small book - by telling the reader everything - 3 times...:-(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2012
Very poor book. The contents are inflated by repeating everthing at least 3 times. Coming from a yiddish-speaking family, I would recommend the books of Leo Rosten (The Joy of Yiddish)as a much better illustration of yiddish humour.
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on 28 February 2013
I bought this for a friend whom I beleive wishes to know more about the Yiddish language. It arrived on schedule as promised, but I am at present waiting for another title "English-Yiddish, Yiddish-English Dictionary" before I give her both books.
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on 8 October 2013
I'm really enjoying this book as it brings back so many memories from my childhood. I'm hoping that some of these 'sayings' will carry on through my family. Thank you
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on 6 August 2013
it's a nice little book but I've got a similar book for French ("merde") which is a little better written
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on 3 September 2013
Very funny and informative, took me back to a time when I had many Jewish friends who taught me some Yiddish
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