Hoys, Veyb and Ferd--correction #general


I am quoted as having written in a message dated 9/8/2006 9:13:18 P.M.
Eastern Standard Time:

<< they were quite content to revert to Germanic words and refer to "dem
Hoys" (house) and "dos Veyb" -- even "dem Ferd" (horse). >>

==My apologies to every man, woman and wife. That got garbled in the
editing. I meant to say that Yiddish speakers in Eastern Europe, no longer afraid
that their gentile neighbors would understand them, used the Germanic "Hoys"
for house instead of the Judaeo-German "Bajis"; they said "Veyb" for "wife"
instead of the Judaeo-German "Ische" and Germanic "Ferd" for horse instead of
the Judaeo-German "Suss."

I should hope no one called his Veyb a Ferd.

Michael Bernet, New York

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