Jewish English Lexicon

Beyond Kvetch, Kvell: A New Lexicon

Professor launches web-based dictionary, invites entries from everybody.

11/20/2012
Staff Writer

From alte kaker, or old man in Yiddish, to zatar, an Israeli spice, Americans’ Jewish identity has long flavored their English.

Now a professor has harnessed the Internet to collect those heimish (cozy and warm) expressions that have made their way into the vernacular from sources including, but not limited to, Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish and Hebrew.

Sarah Benor is the professor behind the Jewish English Lexicon. Bill Aron
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