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Which Words Still Shock Me? Not Many.

Seven thoughts on obscenity in honor of Carlin’s ‘Seven Words’

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The 12 Jewiest Non-Words You Should Be Using Right Now

Because every Jew needs inventive language for situations involving anxiety, misery, disaster, melancholy, and your bubbe’s saliva

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The Wall Street Journal Needs a Linguistics Lesson

Hundred percent, as the Orthodox say

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University of Texas to Bring Back Yiddish

The Austin university last offered Yiddish language classes 10 years ago

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When My Baby Says Her First Word, Will It Be in English or in Russian?

As a Soviet Jewish émigré, I broke all ties to Russia and its language—or so I thought, until my daughter was born

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Hebrew’s Special Pride

Firgun is the ungrudging pleasure one takes in another’s good fortune, and there’s no English word for it

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Fighting Words

Kids are exposed to many loaded terms each day, from ‘gay’ to ‘Yid’ to the n-word. Some are OK to use, in some contexts, for some people. Some are not. How can we teach them which are which?

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Amid Dying Languages, Yiddish Lives On

Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated

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Slips of the Tongue

What the use of Yiddish phrases can tell us about contemporary American Jewry

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The ‘Nakba’ Catastrophe

Israel bans an Arab word, unwisely

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Resurrecting Hebrew

A fascinating biography as well as a moving personal journey.

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Tongue Tied

The romantic, bumpy road to learning a new language

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‘Blessed With This Sense of the Exotic’

Since the American language was available to everyone, Bellow and his Jewish peers were determined to “use it with a certain spirit.”

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