YIDDISH & YIDDISH-ISMS
Yiddish is an amazing source of colorful expressions, several of which have been incorporated into popular culture. You may be surprised to know that several words of your everyday vocabulary have Yiddish roots! From terms of endearment to the funniest of insults, some words in our common English language have come to mean something entirely different than their actual Yiddish definitions.
Sadly, while more than 10 million people spoke Yiddish in the 1930s, by 1945, 75% of those people were gone. Today, Yiddish is the language of over 100 newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasts, and websites. And then there's the famous character, Linda Richman, played by Mike Myers on Saturday Night Live between 1991 and 1994. His "Coffee Talk with Linda Richman" sketches were a spoof on his real mother-in-law, Linda Richman. The Yiddish-isms he used, both in vocabulary and gestures, were spot on.
Our family uses Yiddish expressions all the time! There are words that are so right, so rich with flavor, of sweetness and spice, that no other word or phrase will suffice to convey the precise meaning of your thoughts.
Oy! Let's have some fun with Punim Protectors™ and Yiddish!
Pronounce: too'-chus (oo like the "u" in put, and ch like you're clearing your throat)
Meaning: (gender neutral) rear end, bottom, derriere
Use: Please put your tuchus back in your chair.