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Postby tcward » Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:12 am

Perry wrote:...when I was growing up in Michigan, we used Michigander. Perhaps Michigas [Yiddishized Hebrew for craziness/crazy things] would be more apt. :roll:


For that truly Yiddish effect, it seems that Michigannas would be a better term... ;)

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Postby sluggo » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:00 pm

Perry wrote: Perhaps Michigas [Yiddishized Hebrew for craziness/crazy things] would be more apt. :roll:


Hee hee very good. I've heard that word and never seen it spelt until now (kinda like North Kakkalakee)
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Postby Bailey » Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:34 pm

I always thought it was Mishegas,

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Postby Perry » Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:17 pm

Bailey wrote:I always thought it was Mishegas,

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It probably should be mishegas. But since that is a transliteration in any event (Yiddish is written in Hebrew characters), I took the liberty of keeping the mich from Michigan.
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Postby Stargzer » Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:06 pm

Perry wrote:
Bailey wrote:I always thought it was Mishegas,

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It probably should be mishegas. But since that is a transliteration in any event (Yiddish is written in Hebrew characters), I took the liberty of keeping the mich from Michigan.


Ah, but isn't mishegas is an abstract noun? I think Tim was closer, although maybe he should have spelled it Michuginas to pick up on the Yiddish pun.

Still, his Michigannas has the virtue of being both a Yiddish homophone and an English homothea ( or maybe a homoblepo, a look-alike; I just made those up).
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Postby Perry » Fri May 11, 2007 4:22 pm

The Hebrew equivalent of the noun mishigas is shegaon (שגעון). It is mishagas to think that the noun doesn't exist in Hebrew. :wink:
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Postby melissa » Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:26 pm

Enough already ....
Back on topic, ever notice how headline-speak treats states ( I hear you Mexico!) as in Massachusetts man/ Wyoming woman vs Hawaiian man/ Alaskan woman, no New Yorker man or god forbid Utahn woman ....
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Re: Tzedreit

Postby sluggo » Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:41 pm

melissa wrote:...I have a fondness for an Arkansawyer


ooh, a cutting remark...
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Postby Stargzer » Sat Jun 30, 2007 12:11 am

When Tom rafted South from Missouri with Jim he became an Arkansawyer.
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