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  • FRANKEN: Well, now the senator can only hope that the questions about his Jewish heritage and his reactions to them become nothing more, Wolf, than a tempest in a chainik, which is Yiddish for teapot, which is probably something Senator Allen probably did not know.

    CNN Transcript Sep 19, 2006

  • My mother was familiar with the phrase, as she was with another of Mr. Thomas's favorites, "Chack mir nisht im chainik."

    Sharing the Chutzpah

  • According to the online "Yiddish Dictionary," the phrase is actually "Hal mir nit kayn chainik," which is defined as: "Don't get on my nerves; stop nagging me."

    Sharing the Chutzpah

  • Чайник = "teapot" or slang for "stupid person, dunce"; in Russian programmers 'jargon - see chainik at Jargon Files - it implies "both ignorance and a certain amount of willingness to learn".

    Russian tea

  • Just because you might appreciate the trivia of it, chainik is one of those Russian loaners that almost made it into UZbek. CHAINIK.

  • But whenever I hear it I think of my Yiddish-speaking relatives talking about hocking a chainik. WHY LINGUISTS GET NO RESPECT.

  • Chainik itself means 'teapot,' but hakn a chainik literally 'to chop a teapot' means 'to talk nonsense.' WHY LINGUISTS GET NO RESPECT.

  • There's another Yiddish expression parallel to the hocking a chainik. WHY LINGUISTS GET NO RESPECT.

  • I know hakn can mean "chop", but the Yiddish speakers I know translate "hok nit oyf a chainik" as "don't bang on a teapot". WHY LINGUISTS GET NO RESPECT.

  • I thought a chainik is someone who is new to something, a newbie with few skills; a beginner, not an expert yet. CHAINIK.


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  • Samovar Wordie friends are so talented.

    April 15, 2009

  • *Singing to self:*

    I'm a little chainik, short and stout!

    Here is my handle, here is my spout!

    When I get all steamed up, hear me shout!

    Tip me over and pour me out!

    April 15, 2009

  • Check out this word at the Jargon File.

    April 15, 2009