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Examples

  • Even if you can't convince them that Obama isn't a Muslim (or that being a Muslim isn't a bad thing), at least you can point out that Sarah Palin is a real meshugana!

    Katie Halper: Jews for McCain/The Great Kvetch

  • A "Jewish" themed fixie would be just plain meshugana.

    Theme Bikes: Brilliance Rides a Fixed Gear

  • "I'm still alive, and I have to find a way to try to feel something," she says toward the end, and so what if everything else she's saying may be totally meshugana?

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • "You need a meshugana to make any idea work," said Eliach, who insisted that Carp was "the sandak," or godfather "of this whole thing."

    The Jewish Week (BETA)

  • She used words like meshugana and mensch and had brought matzo ball soup for ethnic food week and the days she missed school with a cold or stomachache were always Jewish holidays.

    News & Politics

  • So, in our meshugana world, Israel builds a security fence to protect its citizens from wanton murder, and the UN chooses to condemn not the murderers, but the security fence.

    Israelated - English Israel blogs

  • How, then, shall we Jews survive in such a distorted and meshugana world, both as individuals, and as the always-fragile Jewish State?

    Israelated - English Israel blogs

  • 'Is it safe to go there?' and who think I am mashugana (Yiddish for crazy) for going to Israel - I may well be meshugana with respect to many things I have or will attempt, however likely not this one.

    TravelPod.com Recent Updates

  • Microsoft is offering a promise: When all this crazy market meshugana shakes out, Windows will still be here.

    The Microsoft Blog

  • “The meshugana neighbors,” as they referred to us, were fucking up the property values on the block.

    I slept with Joey Ramone

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  • Seconding sionnach's comments, in the kindest way possible... and hoping he/she sees them soon.

    January 19, 2009

  • Maybe the private note feature would be of use here...

    I don't want to get embroiled in an argument, but I would like to point out that if the dictionary being quoted is still under copyright, copious quoting might prove legally awkward too.

    January 18, 2009

  • Dear avivamagnolia:

    Welcome to Wordie. I have been enjoying some of your comments, but would like to request that you reconsider your strategy of simply copying dictionary entries as commentary on the word in question. I believe it's fair to say that most people who have been using the site for any reasonable length of time have realized that this is really of very little interest to site users. For several reasons, not the least of which is that there is a little row of dictionary links right over the comment box for each word, so that anyone can consult a dictionary with a single click.

    I recognize that you may find it helpful somehow to paste in this kind of material. But - and I hope other users will add their views here - I think that listing all possible spelling variations of a word that has been listed as obsolete to begin with pretty much defines "boring", and doing so is a discourtesy to other site users.

    Interesting citations or links to material that people would not otherwise find are always welcome.

    This is just one person's opinion, obviously, and you are free to use the site in any way you see fit. But I would appreciate your giving my request some consideration.

    Thanks. Welcome again to the site.

    January 18, 2009


  • Yiddish: a crazy person.

    Also, me⋅shug⋅ga⋅na, me⋅shug⋅ge⋅ner  /məˈʃʊgənər/ muh-shoog-uh-ner

    Origin:1880–85; < Yiddish meshugener, equiv. to meshuga meshuga + epenthetic n + -er -er

    January 18, 2009