American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small Jewish town or village formerly found throughout Eastern Europe.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A village or small town; -- usually referring to Jewish towns in Eastern Europe.
- From Yiddish שטעטל (shtetl, "small town, village"), from שטאָט (shtot, "city") (compare German Stadt), from Old High German stat, from Proto-Germanic *stadiz, from Proto-Indo-European *stéh₂tis. (Wiktionary)
- Yiddish, from Middle High German stetel, diminutive of stat, town, from Old High German, place. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the mind of the anti-Jewish paranoid, some shabby bearded figure in a distant shtetl is a putative member of a secret world government: hence the enduring fascination of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.”
“That line about the "shtetl" mentality among Democrats said it all.”
“Richard, I obviously knew what "shtetl" means and didn't have to Google that.”
“All this 'shtetl' talk is proof of subliminibal anti-semitism.”
“So let's speculate who the 'top democrat' is that uses an odd idiom like 'shtetl'.”
“Jonathan Sarna, the prominent American-Jewish historian, likens the affluent Orthodox Jewish community of New York where Bernard Madoff found so many of his victims to "a kind of shtetl -- a very wealthy shtetl.”
“The Yiddish speaking Jews of Warsaw could hardly have imagined that "the Jewish State" that emerged after the war with its "never again" mantra would finish off Yiddish culture considered a product of the "shtetl," - home to Jews in”
“It was all of a piece, somehow, with the men back in her shtetl praying, “Thank you, God, for not making me a woman.””
“Yetta had been ten when Rahel left their shtetl and went to work in the big city, Bialystok.”
“They reminded Yetta all too much of the men back in her shtetl who thought they were holier than everyone else.”
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There are a few short lists of Yiddish words, but none appropriate to the glory of the language, and none that are open. Thought I'd start one, and would love contributions. I'm tagging as I go, an...
Words taken from Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow.
I've been meaning to make this list for at least a year, to go with Really Cool Two-Letter Words, Three-Letter Words, Four-Letter Words, Slightly Less Cool Four-Letter Words, and Five-Letter Words....
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