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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

For Yale Strom: How Do You Say E-Mail in Yidish?

(source: NY Times)
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In a thousand-year-old language like Yiddish, with many of its words rooted in the ancient Bible, how would you say “email”? Or “transgender”? Or “designated driver”? Or “binge watch”? Well, email is blitspost, transgender is tsvishnminik, as for binge watch (watching multiple episodes of a TV program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming), it becomes shlingen epizodn. As simply as that.

(Yale Strom)



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