Ten Words That Sound Yiddish, But Aren’t

Eddie Pensier writes:

  1. Perplexed
  2. Svelte
  3. Tumult
  4. Abyss
  5. Pestle
  6. Finger
  7. Farfetched
  8. Gondola
  9. Lentil
  10. Belabor

About Eddie Pensier

Television junkie, opera buff, connoisseur of unhealthy foods, fashion watcher, art lover and admirer of beautiful people of all sexes.
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7 Responses to Ten Words That Sound Yiddish, But Aren’t

  1. My love of Yiddish can be traced directly to Howard Stern, who was/is fond of Yiddish words like “yenta” and “fakakta.” But for him, those a few others wouldn’t be part of my regular vocab.


  2. Fenster says:

    Had to look this up but there’s kinkle, meaning a little kink. From the Dutch.


  3. oy says:

    shyster isn’t Yiddish. does this mean I won.


  4. Callowman says:

    The Yiddish for “finger” is no doubt a cognate of “finger”. With the exception of “farfetched”, all the rest are Latinate or Greek. I know, I know, I’m not entering into the spirit of the list, and certainly all those words sound great and jiddische when pronounced by a New Yorker who uses a lot of Yiddish words. But to a speaker of French, which has cognates of all the Latinate and Greek words, and Swedish, which, like Yiddish, is heavily influenced by Low German … those don’t look Yiddish.


  5. Fenster says:



  6. Doc Rock says:

    Ladle, sidle, khaki, and conquer.


  7. Mendel says:

    shmorgasbord, and ladle (was mentioned).


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