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Thread: Jewish Epithets and Slurs In the 19th Century American West

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    Lost somewhere on the Nile Jack Judah's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by frimble3 View Post
    I read your sample in SYW, and really enjoyed it.
    Thanks! I'm a bit edgy about it -- lots of talking but not much action -- so hearing you enjoyed it is a welcome morale booster.

    If the potential father-in-law is, as his name suggests, Germanic, you've looked into Yiddish insults he might hurl at your MC?
    He is indeed. I'm glad you asked actually, because I have him using quite a bit of Yiddish throughout. He's also a pretty tough character, so his is not the most genteel of speech patterns. I didn't think that would be an issue, till I got to the cussing. Problem with learning a language from your grandmother is you tend to miss out on the more colorful phrases. About the bluest she ever got was schmuck, putz, and mamzer. But I don't want Freudenthal sounding like he's doing standup in the Borscht Belt.

    So I would definitely be open to suggestions!
    Last edited by Jack Judah; 10-02-2015 at 01:15 AM.

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