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Feb 1, 2017
This week’s theme
Words borrowed from Yiddish

This week’s words
verklempt
yentz
potch
futz
schmatte

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potch

PRONUNCIATION:
(poch)

MEANING:
verb. tr.: To slap or spank.
noun: A slap or spanking.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Yiddish patshn (to slap), of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1892.

USAGE:
“There are two schools of thought on the subject of potching. The first is that parents should never potch, no matter what was done and regardless of the circumstances.”
Dovid Kaplan; Polishing Diamonds: Bringing Out the Sparkle in Our Children; Hamodia; 2005.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I tire so of hearing people say, / Let things take their course. / Tomorrow is another day. / I do not need my freedom when I'm dead. / I cannot live on tomorrow's bread. -Langston Hughes, poet and novelist (1 Feb 1902-1967)

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