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Yiddish Kvetching

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Aired 4/19/09

Oy, vey! Even if you don’t speak Yiddish - a language derived primarily from medieval German with elements of Hebrew, Aramaic, Slavic languages, and others - you probably know words it has spawned, such as klutz, maven, schlep, nosh, shtick, and plotz.

But there’s one area in which Yiddish really excels: Complaining, or kvetching. Some say Yiddish language and culture has elevated bellyaching to an art, and the Verbivores talk with Michael Wex, the author of Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods, to learn more about it.

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