JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Pipik? #general

Judith Romney Wegner

Karen Rippens asked:

Something triggered a childhood memory of the word pipik. I vaguely
remember jokes about Moishe Pipik, as in 'who do you think you are,
Moishe Pipik?'

I can't find the word in any Yiddish resource I have. Can anyone
tell me what 'pipik' means? Or where it came from, or what the joke
about it is?''
Dear Karen,

Pipik ( actually spelled Peh-vav-peh-ayin-qof and pronounced Pupik in
some Yiddish dialects) means"belly button" (i.e., navel).

For me too it is a childhood memory. We didn't speak Yiddish in our
Anglo-Jewish family, but my parents used quite a few vocabulary words
-- mostly either amusing or just plain vulgar ones!

Judith Romney Wegner

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