Chaim Frenkel <chaimf@...>
RH> Just to add to the etymological discussion,- or perhaps to confuse it - my"RH" == Ron Hoenig <email@example.com> writes:
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
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.
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