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Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods by Michael Wex - Jewish Gifts, Collectibles and Judaica | Reboot Shop

Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods by Michael Wex

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Michael Wex's delightful excursion through the Yiddish language, the culture it defines and serves, and the fine art of complaint.

Michael Wex—professor, scholar, translator, novelist, and performer—takes a serious yet unceasingly fun and funny look at this remarkable kvetch-full tongue that has both shaped and has been shaped by those who speak it. Featuring chapters on curse words, food, sex, and even death, he allows his lively wit and scholarship to roam freely from Sholem Aleichem to Chaucer to Elvis.

Perhaps only a khokhem be-layle (a fool, literally a "sage at night," when there's no one around to see) would care to pass up this endearing and enriching treasure trove of linguistics, sociology, history, and folklore—an intriguing appreciation of a unique and enduring language and an equally fascinating culture.

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Available on kindle, paperback, and hardcover from Amazon.


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