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Mar 24, 2021
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Words borrowed from Yiddish

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plotz
frum
shonda
yichus
gelt

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with Anu Garg

shonda

PRONUNCIATION:
(SHON/SHAHN-duh)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Disgrace or shame.
2. Someone or something that brings shame or disgrace.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Yiddish shande (shame, disgrace), from German Schande (disgrace). Earliest documented use: 1961.

USAGE:
“I was pegged as a gang leader who had organized a prayer and study group that influenced and caused a deadly silence that incited a riot.
“‘Three years, it’s a shonda, but, it’s the best I could do,’ my green-eyed lawyer said.”
Sister Souljah; A Moment of Silence: Midnight III; Atria/Emily Bestler Books; 2015.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement. -William Morris, designer, poet, and novelist (24 Mar 1834-1896)

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