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Oct 2, 2014
This week's theme
Words borrowed from Yiddish

This week's words
luftmensch
pisher
ganef
macher
kibitzer

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with Anu Garg

macher

PRONUNCIATION:
(MAHKH-uhr)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A person of influence, one who gets things done.
2. A self-important overbearing person.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Yiddish makher, from German macher (maker or doer). Earliest documented use: 1911.

USAGE:
"They weren't all his ideas, but he -- he, Andrew Cuomo -- was the macher who'd do it."
Scott Raab; The Perfect Prince of Cool; Esquire (New York); Nov 2000.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle. -Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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