Re: The meaning of Memeh Fryme #galicia #yiddish


Henry Carrey Boston,MA . Carey/Kirzhner/Berestyaner , Belous , Isenberg - Lutsk ; Postolov/Herman/Kolovsky-Zhitomir
 

Good points . That may be why my grandmother was called " di shvartse mime " rather than "Mime Hinde" . It may have been a generic way for people to refer to her in Trochenbrod or Lutsk whether or not she was actually their aunt.  Perhaps , she was one of the few Middle Eastern looking Jews in the town . According to the dictionary mume could sometimes be a way to refer to a woman , maybe respectfully in the way that in Chinese  people use the word Uncle as a term of respect for older males. On other hand , it could be just a descriptive term used with the family . 

Could the expression they used be " Di mime un der Feter " . It would be instructive to learn whether that was a sign of affection or respect or something else . I have not been able to find another meaning for the words . In my family , when words were used liked that it referred to the oldest members of the family - patriarch and matriarch and everyone in the family knew who "di mime un di feter" referred to rather than "Mime Feyge un Feter Elye " . Is that possible in your case?  
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Henry H. Carrey

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