In a message dated 9/14/2006 3:01:03 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, I wrote:
<< The double-vav followed by an ayin suggests Hebrew rather than Yiddish.
==That was an unfortunate slip of my typing finger. A double vav is very
rare in Hebrew. In Yiddish it represents a W and is very common. In Yiddish
the `ayin represents an E and is very common. The combination of the two
almost certainly points to Yiddish.
==Incidentally, that letter came >from Lithuania, according to the poster.
Lithuania had a highly advanced Jewish school system where students were taught
an excellent Hebrew. Furthermore, the country's cultural and Jewish elite
spoke German. It would not be surprising, then, that in writing, a student or
graduate of one of these schools would slip in a German word written in
Hebrew characters spelled Yiddish style.
==Whatever the word, I still don't get the original joke. Will someone
Michael Bernet, New York