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IAS Film Notes: Once Were Warriors
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From: zokah Date: August 28th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The cultural studies section at Walden Pond has been reduced to three or four loosely shelved common titles. It causes me to sigh heavily. Their poetry section is still quite good though.


in the tuckus

you've been reading too much Tikkun!

(FYI - because I know you like to know these things:

tuckus - Yiddish
tachat - literally "bottom" in Hebrew)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 28th, 2005 05:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Many of the most common Yiddish expressions are ones I heard my grandparents use. Only they were German. The dialect they spoke sounded like Yiddish. But they didn't talk about "tuckus," since it's clearly from Hebrew.
From: zokah Date: August 28th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Only they were German. The dialect they spoke sounded like Yiddish

Of course it did!

Yiddish is derived principally from medieval German and on;y secondarily from Hebrew and Aramaic.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 28th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sorry. I got my emphases wrong. I knew Yiddish was derived principally from German. What I meant was that their particular dialect of German was very close in vocabulary and intonation to stereotypical Yiddish. Hearing them argue was like hearing an old couple argue in Yiddish in a play or movie -- which I've done -- even though the cultural heritage was different. It makes me wonder, in retrospect, how many ethnic markers are a function of language.
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