Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Saudi Yiddish

This story from a friend brought a much needed smile today.

She recently got a full-time job teaching English to foreign students at a technical college. Most of her students are Saudi. Yesterday, she taught them the verb/noun kvetch. You are a kvetch, I kvetch / you kvetch / he kvetches, etc. She's hoping it might be the new hip word in Riyadh within the year.

Note: The students don't know that my friend is Jewish. They think it's an English word.

Reminds me of this oldie but goodie! Life imitating art!

Addition: Sound bite from Prince Bandar, May 2006:

"I hate to be a kvetch, but Israel should be wiped off the map!"


At 12/23/05, 2:02 AM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

That would be pretty cool.


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