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Yiddish-English Glossary

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  • Paigeren zol er! - He should drop dead!
  • Pamelech - Slow, slowly , carefully
  • Parech - Low-life, a bad man
  • Parnosseh - Livelihood
  • Parshiveh - Mean, cheap
  • Parshoin - He-man
  • Partatshnek - Inferior merchandise or work
  • Parveh - Neutral food, neither milchidik (dairy) nor flaishidik (meat)
  • Paskudnik, paskudnyak - Ugly, revolting, evil person; nasty fellow
  • Past nit. - It isn't proper.
  • Patsh - Slap, smack on the cheek
  • Patshkies around - Anglicized characterization of one who wastes time.
  • Patteren tseit - To lounge around; waste time
  • Petseleh - Little penis of child
  • Phooey! fooey, pfui - Designates disbelief, distaste, contempt
  • Pipek - Navel, belly button
  • Pishechtz - Urine
  • Pisher - Male infant, a little squirt, a nobody
  • Pisk - Slang, for mouth; insultingly, it means a big mouth, loudmouth
  • Pisk-Malocheh - Big talker-little doer! (man who talks a good line but does nothing)
  • Pitshetsh - Chronic complainer
  • Pitsel - Wee, tiny
  • Pitsvinik - Little nothing
  • Plagen - Work hard, sweat out a job, suffer
  • Plagen zich - To suffer
  • Plaplen - Chatter
  • Plats! - Burst! Bust your guts out! Split your guts when laughing too hard.
  • Plyotkenitzeh - A gossip
  • Preplen - To mutter, mumble
  • Prietzteh - Princess; finicky girl; (having airs, giving airs; being snooty) prima donna!
  • Prost - Coarse, common, vulgar
  • Prostaches - Low class people
  • Prostak - Ignorant boor, coarse person, vulgar man
  • Prosteh leit - Simple people, common people; vulgar, ignorant, "low class" people
  • Proster mentsh - Vulgar man, common man
  • Ptsha - Cows feet cooked down to jellied gravy.
  • Punim - Face
  • Pupik - Navel, belly button, gizzard, chicken stomachs
  • Pupiklech - Dish of chicken gizzards
  • Pushkeh - Little box for coins given to charity.
  • Pustunpasnik - Loafer, idler
  • Pyesseh - A play, drama