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Mar 25, 2021
This week’s theme
Words borrowed from Yiddish

This week’s words
plotz
frum
shonda
yichus
gelt


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yichus

PRONUNCIATION:
(YEEKH-uhs)

MEANING:
noun: Prestige, social status, or pedigree.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Yiddish yichus/yikhus (pedigree), from Hebrew yihus (pedigree). Earliest documented use: 1890.

USAGE:
“If you were a published author, for example, that would be yichus, or if you came from a family he heard of, that would be yichus.”
Bernard Beck; One American Dream; Amberjack; 2017.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it. -Gloria Steinem, activist, author, and editor (b. 25 Mar 1934)

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