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  1. Yinglish

    Yinglish words are neologisms created by speakers of Yiddish in English-speaking countries, sometimes to describe things that were uncommon in the old country. Leo Rosten's book The Joys of Yiddish uses the words Yinglish and Ameridish to describe new words, or new meanings of existing Yiddish words, created by English-speaking persons with some knowledge of Yiddish. Rosten defines "Yinglish" as "Yiddish words that are used in colloquial English" and Ameridish as words coined by Jews in the United States; his use, however, is sometimes inconsistent. According to his definition on page x, alrightnik is an Ameridish word; however, on page 12 it is identified as Yinglish. The Joys of Yiddish describes the following words as Yinglish except where noted as Ameridish: ⁕alrightnik, alrightnikeh, alrightnitseh – male, female, female individual who has been successful; nouveau riche ⁕blintz ⁕bleib shver – from German bleibt schwer, meaning remains difficult - unresolved problem, especially in Talmud learning ⁕bluffer, blufferkeh – male, female person who bluffs ⁕boarderkeh, bordekeh – female paying boarder

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