January 17th, 2012

‘Twas brillig and the slithy tweeps did kvetch and kibitz*


[this article first appeared in The Media Online on 13/1/12]

Caryn Gootkin eavesdropped on a Twitter conversation about Yiddish insults and then joined in. The exchange made her think afresh about this colourful language and its enduring influence.

It started out like any other weekend afternoon: thekinderlekh were at their bubbe and zayde and we were enjoying the freedom of not having to schlepthem around. Rael was watching sport – Nu? Mah Nishtanah?  and I was paging through my magazines.