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Past Events

Past EventsFriday, February 27

Yiddish Curses and Superstitions

Michael Wex

This session looked into the deeply superstitious nature of the Yiddish language and the ways in which such metaphysical tremulousness contributes to a verbal culture that is more comfortable with negative than positive statements.

From this basis, we went on to examine the main types of Yiddish curse, in the hopes that students were then able to apply the lessons learned in this class in their own daily interactions, should they choose to do so.

Author of the bestselling book on the language ever - Born to Kvetch - and his new follow-up phrasebook - Just Say Nu - novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer and authority on language and literature, Michael Wex was called "a Yiddish National Treasure".

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