Yiddish offers more ways of identifying various kinds of "idiots" (with all their subtle variations) than Eskimos have for different kinds of snow.
It has a bountiful tradition of literature, film, theater and poetry, which reflect the collective Jewish experience in Europe, over centuries.
It has words for nearly every personality type known to humankind.
It's hilarious and I will probably break out some of the sayings at my Passover Seder in the spring. --Joan Rivers Yiddish is a wonderful, rich, descriptive, often onomatopoetic language.
If you don't see it in the glossary, try spelling it slightly differently (i.e. I'm happy to help where I can, but please do not attempt to use me as a free translation or editing service! " "Shlep" vs "Schlep" Also, please be respectful of my time and ask nice!!Yiddish arose around one thousand years ago from Middle High German, and spread throughout the ghettos of central and eastern Europe, borrowing words from the countries in which the Jews lived.Thus, it incorporates words from Hebrew, Russian, Polish and other Slavic languages, Romance languages, and later, English.Before WWII, Yiddish was spoken by more than 11 million people.
Today, it is spoken by perhaps one tenth that many.