Spelling Quiz: Jewish Edition! 89% Of Americans Fail

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You might be able to spell English words, but can you spell Jewish ones?

Prove that you know as much about spelling Jewish words as you think you do by passing this tricky spelling quiz!

 Jun 12, 2018

1 of 20Pick your answer!

"a good homemaker, a woman who's in charge of her home and will make sure you remember it"
balleboste
balebboste
baleboste

2 of 20Pick your answer!

"a dense, clumsy or awkward person"
klutz
clutz
kluttz

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"an expert" (often used sarcastically)
maven
mavin
mavn

4 of 20Pick your answer!

"an honorable, decent person"
mensh
mentsh
mentch

5 of 20Pick your answer!

"to explode"
plottz
plotz
platz

6 of 20Pick your answer!

"deep peace"
shallom
shalome
shalom

7 of 20Pick your answer!

"cheap, shoddy, or inferior"
shlock
schlock
schlok

8 of 20Pick your answer!

"female busybody or gossip"
yenta
yenteh
yente

9 of 20Pick your answer!

"a little bit"
bizzel
bissle
bissel

10 of 20Pick your answer!

"nerve or extreme arrogance"
chutzpah
chutzpa
chotzpah

11 of 20Pick your answer!

"a non-Jew"
goy
goi
goye

12 of 20Pick your answer!

"something that's acceptable to Orthodox Jews"
koscher
kosher
kocher

13 of 20Pick your answer!

"to press or squeeze"
kvetcsh
kvetsh
kvetch

14 of 20Pick your answer!

"good luck"
mozel tav
mazel tov
mahzel tov

15 of 20Pick your answer!

"insanity or craziness"
mishegas
mishegash
mishegos

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"to nibble"
nosh
nash
nosch

17 of 20Pick your answer!

"to drag"
schlep
shllep
shlep

18 of 20Pick your answer!

"family"
mishposhheh
michpocheh
mishpocheh

19 of 20Pick your answer!

"a clumsy, inept person"
schlemiel
shlemiel
chlemiel

20 of 20Pick your answer!

"make small talk"
shmooze
chmooze
schmooze
WOMEN.COM | Quiz Facts

There are three major literary languages in Jewish history: Aramaic, Hebrew and Yiddish. Yiddish is a Germanic language in origin, and makes up part of the Indo-European language family. It is the language of central and Eastern European Jews and their descendants, more commonly known as Ashkenazi Jews. Yiddish is written with the Hebrew alphabet, and by the 19th century, it became one of the most common and widespread languages, making its mark on most countries with a Jewish population. Yiddish dates back to the 12th century CE, though some scholars claim to trace it back to the 9th century, as this was a time when the Ashkenazim came into being as a distinct cultural entity in Europe. Yiddish is made up of two components, which are Semitic containing Hebrew and Aramaic elements from the Middle East, and Germanic containing Middle German and High German elements. The language also features a few words from the romance languages of French, Italian and Spanish. Although Yiddish is thought to have originated from land where German was commonly spoken, it soon spread to the entirety of eastern Europe, and from there, was influenced by Slavic languages. The dominant branch of the Old Yiddish period, which ended in the mid 1300s, was Western Yiddish. Some of the countries and cultures which influenced Western Yiddish are Swiss, Alsatian, Southern German, Central German, Dutch and Northern German. During the middle ages, Eastern Yiddish was more commonly spoken, which includes present-day Yiddish. The South-eastern Yiddish dialect is spoken in Ukraine and Romania, while in Lithuania and Belarus North-eastern is spoken, and Mid-eastern in spoken in Poland and Hungary. Take this quiz to find out how well you can spell some of the most common Yiddish words!