Old expression for dating
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(literally, little bird.) FERBLUNJIT: Lost, mixed up. FERMISHT: All shook up, as in an acute disturbance. LUFTMENSH: A dreamer, someone whose head is in the clouds. Some have suggested that Masheena is the origin for the insulting name for Jews of sheeny. MISHEGOSS: Inappropriate, crazy, or bizarre actions or beliefs. GOY: A derogatory term meaning gentile, goyim is the plural, and goyisher is the adjective. LOCH IN KOP: Literally a hole in the head, refers to things one definitely does not need. MACHER: An ambitious person; a schemer with many plans. MAZEL TOV: Good luck, usually said as a statement of support or congratulations. The phrase "a messa mashee af deer" means a horrible death to you and is used as a curse. MESHUGGE or MESHUGGINA: Crazy, refers to a more chronic disturbance. MOYL: The man who circumcises baby boys at a briss. Oy Gevalt is often used as expression meaning "oh how terrible." GAY AVEK: Go away, get out of here. Often said in parting but can be spoken with irony to mean, "go do your own thing." GAY SHLAFEN: Go to sleep. GONIF: A thief, a tricky clever person, a shady character. Often used in a sarcastic manner, as in what did you get from her? KVETCH: To annoy or to be an annoying person, to complain. An individual of recognized worth because of noble values or actions.
(Compare with ess, to eat like a human being.) GAVALT: A cry of fear or a cry for help. A haimisher mensch is someone you feel comfortable with. KIBITZ: To offer comments which are often unwanted during a game, to tease or joke around. KINE-AHORA: A magical phrase to ward off the evil eye or to show one's praises are genuine and not tainted by envy. To hit someone in the "kishka" means to hit him in the stomach or guts. KOSHER: Refers to food that it prepared according to Jewish law. KVELL: To beam with pride and pleasure, Jewish parents are prone to kvell over their children's achievements. Jewish children are expected to provide their parent with naches in the form of achievement. Can also mean to bribe and can refer to the "whole package", as in I'll accept the whole shmeer. FRESS: To eat like an animal, i.e., quickly, noisily, and in great quantity. SHMEER: To spread as in to "shmeer" butter on bread. SHNORRER: A begger, a moocher, a cheapskate, a chiseler. NOODGE: To bother, to push, a person who bothers you. SHLIMAZL: A chronically unlucky person, a born loser, when a shlimazl sells umbrella the sun comes out. The opposite of mensch, a a physically small shlemiel. SHMATTA: A rag, often used as a putdown for clothes of the unfashionably dressed. SHLEMIEL: A dummy; someone who is taken advantage of, a born loser. Can refer to a person, a "shlepper," who is unkempt and has no ambition. SHTUP: An expression for sexual intercourse, to "screw." SHVITZ: To sweat, also refers to a Turkish bath house.