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Ambergris: A solid, waxy solid found in the intestine of sperm whale, it has been used over the centuries in perfumes and potions, or as a spice *pukes*

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Queer - a word I'm fixated with because I can never pronounce it properly even after listening to its pronunciation multiple times on Merriam-Webster. Kew-er or kew-eer or kuweer or kuwee-er? :wacko:

It is pronounced exactly as it is spelled, one syllable, "kweer". I just realized the Q u combination serves no real purpose in English.

I have at least two doppelgangers.

My word of the day is discombobulate.

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Okay, today I heard a person confuse petulance with pestilence.

 

Ordinarily, Pakis confuse ordinance and ordnance. Once I read the wrong word in a newspaper of note!

 

There, we have four words for the day.

 

(Do I need to give their definitions to SCers? I don't think so)

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Shlep - Yiddish term for carrying or dragging something around that is no good to you, or something like that.

 

Other Yiddish words i like:

 

Meshugah - crazy

 

Klutz - clumsy person.

 

schnook - easily manipulated person

 

Cool.

 

Are these words already incorporated into the language and to be found in English dictionaries? Or do they remain explicitly foreign?

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Cool.

 

Are these words already incorporated into the language and to be found in English dictionaries? Or do they remain explicitly foreign?

 

Im looking at a list of Yiddish words and the ones i hear used in UK by non-jews commonly are:

 

'schnozz'/ schnozzle (nose)

'nosh' (food)

'chutzpah' (audacity)

'glitch' (minor malfunction)

'klutz'

'schmaltz' (overly sentimental)

'schmooz' ('small talk')

'schmuck' ('fool')

'schtik' (i think it means 'act' or something similar)

'spiel' (persuasive story)

spritz' (spray of liquid)

'tush' (bum)

 

I dont know how many of them came from the Jewish community in this country and how much from the influence of American entertainment.

 

The ones i recognise exclusively from American films/tv/authors are:

 

Meshugga

Shlep

Mensch (honourable person)

shnook

schmo (foolish person)

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