Hungary SIG #Hungary Re: h-sig digest: November 01, 1999 #hungary

Chaim Frenkel <chaimf@...>

"RH" == Ron Hoenig <rhoenig@...> writes:
RH> Just to add to the etymological discussion,- or perhaps to confuse it - my
RH> parents have always used "mayre" to mean "fear". combining Hungarian and
RH> Yiddish, as in "Ne mayresz??" ie. "Don't worry" or "Nagyon mayrezik" -
RH> he'/she is very afraid".
RH> Am I just mixing this up? Is it connected with evil doings?.

I'll second this usage by my parents.

RH> By the way, non- Australians may be interested that Jewsih elements in the
RH> English underworld may be responsibile for "Aussie" slang words like
RH> "cobber" for friend and "shiv" for knife.

I can see the claim for cobber (chaver) but what would be the origin
of 'shiv'.

Chaim Frenkel
Brooklyn, NY

May I suggest that when posting a followup that the majority of the
posting be the reply? Leave enough of the original for context, but
edit out the extraneous material.

It took me several attempts before I was able to locate the actual text
of the reply.

Chaim Frenkel Nonlinear Knowledge, Inc.
chaimf@... +1-718-236-0183

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