The Joys of Yiddish Author:Leo Rosten The classic book on this subject. A humorous, yet serious look at common Yiddish words. Pronunciations, word usage, word histories and backgrounds. Informative and fun. — Do you know the origin of "chutzpah," "mishmosh," "megillah," "kineahora?" — Do you know when to cry "mazel tov" and when to avoid it? — Do you know where Yiddish began and how it... more » grew? Have you ever entered the remarkable world of the "shtetl?"
Here is a book to be read and laughed over, no less than consulted--a contribution to linguistics, a must for lovers of English, a treasury of delights for anyone intrigued by the sparkling interplay of language and life.« less