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  • I’m not familiar with the Yiddish word “utz”. Which Yiddish dictionary or thesaurus did you find it in?

  • I’m not sure which one I pulled it from, but when researching Yiddish words, I tend to consult the following:

    Modern English-Yiddish Yiddish English Dictionary, Uriel Weinreich (YIVO, New York, 1968).

    Harkavy’s Manual Dictionary (Hebrew Publishing Co., New York, 1894).

    Anglish/Yinglish, 2e, Gene Bluestein (U. of Neb. Press, Lincoln, 1998).

    Hooray for Yiddish!, Leo Rosten (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1982).

    The Joys of Hebrew, Lewis Glinert (Oxford University Press, New York, 1992).

    Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, Chaim M. Weiser (Rowman & Littlefield, Maryland, 2004).

    The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary (Oxford University Press, New York, 1998).

  • Interesting word. My dad often uses the variant “utchly” to describe being mildly ill tempered for no descernable reason. He got it from his mother, who was a first generation American from German parents. I currently use it to warn my husband as in, “Be nice to me; I’m in an utchly mood.” What I’m meaning is, don’t push me or I’ll go from a mildly bad mood to a really bad mood.

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