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Words from Yiddish
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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noodge or nudzh or nudge
MEANING:verb tr.: To pester; to nag.
verb intr.: To whine.
noun: One who pesters and annoys with persistent complaining.
ETYMOLOGY:From Yiddish nudyen (to pester, bore), from Polish nudzic. The word developed a variant spelling 'nudge' under the influence of the English word 'nudge'. A cousin of this word is nudnik (a boring pest). First recorded use: 1960.
USAGE:"My younger son wanted a dog as much as I didn't want one, and has wheedled and noodged me for a dog for about the past year."
Neil Steinberg; Notice: This is Not a Column About a Dog; Chicago Sun-Times; Sep 5, 2010.
"Rahm Emanuel is willing to be a relentless noodge to keep the herd moving
in the right direction."
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The institution of royalty in any form is an insult to the human race. -Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
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