JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Terms of Endearment and the Yenta #general


While we are on this thread - what would one say about being called Yenta The
word Yenta is also somewhat perjorative, at least in USAyiddish ("she's such a
yenta"), where it's a sort of gossiping busybody. Actually, it's a Romance first
name, Gentile, that made its way about a thousand years ago, up the Rhine and
through Germany to the East.

Gentile does not mean non-Jew in this context. It is still in normal use today in
French to mean kind, nice, pleasant--and became transmuted in English usage to

Michael Bernet, New York

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