JEWISH WORD: INCORRECT DERIVATION.

Author:Gildin, Leon H.
Position:THE CONVERSATION
 
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Quoting Michael Wex's definition as to the derivation of schmuck is way off base ("When a Knish Is More Than a Knish," January/February 2018). It is well established that schmuck in German means a decoration or a jewel or jewelry. Hence the use of the word in describing "the family jewels" when speaking of a man's penis is directly derived from the German and has nothing to do with little sticks, baby talk or clubs. In any German city you will find the words Uhren und Schmuck, meaning watches and jewelry, on the windows of jewelry stores. Wex's derivation, as quoted in the article, is a typical example of the Yiddish expression drehen mitn grubn...

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