Terms of Endearment and the Yenta #general


MBernet@...
 

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
gentle.

Michael Bernet, New York


Benzy Shani <bshani@...>
 

In Norwegian - which is a language with much Germanic influence - jente
(pronounced YEN-ta) simply means girl.
En pen lille jente - a pretty little girl; en flink jente - a clever girl;
So-and-so har faat en jente - she has given birth to a girl.

< MBernet@aol.com > wrote:

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.