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Feb 2, 2017
This week’s theme
Words borrowed from Yiddish

This week’s words
verklempt
yentz
potch
futz
schmatte

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with Anu Garg

futz

PRONUNCIATION:
(fuhts)

MEANING:
verb intr.
1. To waste time or to idle.
2. To meddle or fiddle with something.

ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps from Yiddish arumfartsn (to fart around), from arum- (around) + fartsn (to fart). Earliest documented use: 1932.

USAGE:
“‘We don’t go down there to futz around,’ he added. ‘We go down there to showcase our skills.’”
Jane M. Von Bergen; Labor Peace at the Convention; Philadelphia Inquirer; Jul 29, 2016.

“Her mother just wants to watch her show. She should stop futzing with her environment.”
Lolly Winston; Happiness Sold Separately; Warner Books; 2006.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We have come to a point where it is loyalty to resist, and treason to submit. -Carl Schurz, revolutionary, statesman, and reformer (1829-1906)

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