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"
balebboste
baleboste
balleboste
2 of 20Pick your answer!
"a dense, clumsy or awkward person"
kluttz
klutz
clutz
3 of 20Pick your answer!
"an expert" (often used sarcastically)
mavin
mavn
maven
4 of 20Pick your answer!
"an honorable, decent person"
mensh
mentch
mentsh
5 of 20Pick your answer!
"to explode"
plottz
plotz
platz
6 of 20Pick your answer!
"deep peace"
shalome
shallom
shalom
7 of 20Pick your answer!
"cheap, shoddy, or inferior"
schlok
schlock
shlock
8 of 20Pick your answer!
"female busybody or gossip"
yenteh
yente
yenta
9 of 20Pick your answer!
"a little bit"
bizzel
bissle
bissel
10 of 20Pick your answer!
"nerve or extreme arrogance"
chotzpah
chutzpa
chutzpah
11 of 20Pick your answer!
"a non-Jew"
goye
goi
goy
12 of 20Pick your answer!
"something that’s acceptable to Orthodox Jews"
kosher
koscher
kocher
13 of 20Pick your answer!
"to press or squeeze"
kvetsh
kvetcsh
kvetch
14 of 20Pick your answer!
"good luck"
mahzel tov
mazel tov
mozel tav
15 of 20Pick your answer!
"insanity or craziness"
mishegash
mishegos
mishegas
16 of 20Pick your answer!
"to nibble"
nosch
nash
nosh
17 of 20Pick your answer!
"to drag"
shlep
schlep
shllep
18 of 20Pick your answer!
"family"
mishposhheh
michpocheh
mishpocheh
19 of 20Pick your answer!
"a clumsy, inept person"
chlemiel
shlemiel
schlemiel
20 of 20Pick your answer!
"make small talk"
chmooze
schmooze
shmooze
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!