Tuesday, October 11, 2005

A Stooge Trakht Nisht

To Provoke in Yiddish, Try 'How Are You?' - New York Times:
Most children watching 'The Three Stooges' didn't realize it, but an understanding of Yiddish was required to get a lot of the jokes. In one episode, when Larry hears that Moe is heading to a hockshop, he says, 'While you're there, hock me a tshaynik.' What must have sounded like pure nonsense to most viewers was a Yiddish pun, one that Michael Wex, in his wise, witty and altogether wonderful 'Born to Kvetch,' lays on the table for analysis.
And you thought all the good theses had been written.


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