As a non-Jew, I found Dex’s Yiddish, shmiddish Staff Report very informative. Also amusing. I’m a native Southern Californian, so I didn’t grow up in the “New York Atmosphere” often associated with Yiddish. Sure, I’m aware of some aspects of Yiddish culture; for example, the Yiddish Theatre of the early part of the last Century, and the “Borscht Belt” humour of the Great Commedians. But growing up in San Diego I didn’t hear the wonderful Yiddish expressions on an everyday basis. What a colourful language!
Incidentally, I almost said, “On him, it looks good.” at work the other day. I don’t remember in what context. What? I should carry a court reporter in my pocket?
Good column, Dex.