Yiddish in the 21st Century and Beyond
on 06 October 2016
Yiddish is a thousand-year-old language. With many words originating in the Bible, it makes sense that there's no term for "email" or "transgender" or so many other modern-day words. However two people, Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath (Yiddish editor and poet) and Paul Glasser (former dean at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research), have joined forces to create the future-forward Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary. With over 50,000 entries and sub-entries, the dictionary introduces plenty of modern terminology—down to "shlingen epizodn," meaning "binge watch" but literally translated to "wolf down episodes."