Yiddish Spelling Bee Words
Jairam Hathawar spelled "chremslach" (a matzoh meal pancake fried in syrup) to win Scripps Spelling Bee
- •He didn't actually come in first, he had to share with this other kid who didn't spell anything Yiddish.He is totally telling his co-winner whose trophy case that cup is going into.
- •Shpilkes- nervous energy, literally needles. (Shpil/kes)"Mrs. Hathawar had shpilkes in her stomach watching her son spell chremslach."
- •Ungapatchke- gaudy, overdone. (Oonga/pahtch/keh)"The Scripps cup is very elegant compared to the ungapatchke trophies given at chess tournaments" (and there are so many, veyesmiere!)
- •Rachmones- compassion. (Rakh/mun/is)"Jairam would have continued spelling all night, but was forced to let Nihar Janga get a rachmones co-winner award"
- •Macher- important person. (Mah/kher)"Mr Hathawar is going to be quite the macher when he gets back to Corning, NY with the Spelling Bee champion"
- •Ballabusta- wife of a macher, bossy woman. (Bahl/ah/boost/eh)"Hair and mom is quite a ballabusta, you don't get a spelling champion by eating Bon-bons"
- •Mishegoss- crazy or bizzare actions/behavior. (Mih/sheh/goss)"This is the second time one of the Hathawar children had to share first place, what kind of mishegoss goes on at these spelling bees?"
- •Maven- expert. (May/ven)"Even though he'd prefer to win it all, Jairam recognizes Nihar is quite a spelling maven"
- •Shmegeggee- loser, person lacking talent. (Shmeh/gegg/ee)"The national Science fair is for shmegeggees, they don't even get Live TV coverage!"
- •Narishkeit- foolishnes. (Nah/rish/kite)"What is with all the narishkeit of science fairs? Spelling is where the smartest minds are...and ESPN2 cameras"