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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Snippet. Maybe.

I keep wanting to post a snippet from my current WIP, which I am oh so proud of in all its ghostly and snarky humor glory. But for the first time EVER I am experiencing major book selfishness, ie: I CANT LET ANYONE WHO HASNT PLACED THEIR HAND ON MY LAPTOP AND SWORN AN OATH READ IT BECAUSE THE AWESOMENESS WOULD DIMINISH OR SOMETHING.

So you understand then why I don't post a snippet. Lest the universe collapse around my book.

But what I CAN post, and what I thought you'd all appreciate, is a list of curse words I've compiled for my MC. She's Jewish, see, and while she's not a perfect Jew, she does harness the awesomeness that is the Yiddish language. In other words, today you will learn some Yiddish! Because when you're insulting someone, it's best to do it in the language of God's people. Amen.

Alter kahker – someone who is lazy/useless
Chutzpah – something unbelievable
Kibbitz – to butt in
Putz – fool, jerk
Shlemazl – chronic bad luck
Shlemiel – socially unadjusted person
Shmeer – spread on food

And my personal favorite:

Shmuck – a, um, certain part of the male anatomy. Namely a certain part of a certain part of the male anatomy that is sometimes removed. And sometimes not. Google it.

Dontcha feel smarter now? Start sprinkling your every day speech with such fantastically tongue-rolling Yiddish words as this and you'll be well on your way to being a friend all your friends envy. Probably.

4 comments:

Jill Hathaway said...

Ha, I didn't know that's what a schmuck is!

Gogogo on the WIP! *cheers*

Hayley said...

You learn something new every day! Have fun with the WiP and thank you for the now enhanced vocabulary!

K. M. Walton said...

Congrats on loving your WIP! I'm happy for you and it sounds interesting. Like Jill said, go Sara go!!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Power to the goy, oy.

word ver: felyman, like one my best friend's last name...humor me just change the y