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Saturday, March 03, 2018

tzimmes

[ tsim-is ]

noun

fuss; uproar; hullabaloo: He made such a tzimmes over that mistake!

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What is the origin of tzimmes?

Tzimmes comes from Yiddish tsimes and is related to Swabian German zimmes, zimbes “compote, stew” and Swiss German zimis “lunch.” The German noun is a compound word, originally a prepositional phrase, formed from Middle High German z, ze, an unstressed variant of zuo “at, to” (German zu) and the Middle High German noun imbiz, imbīz “snack, light meal” (German Imbiss). Imbiz is a derivative of Old High German enbīzan “to take nourishment,” which is related to English in and bite. Tzimmes entered English in the late 19th century.

how is tzimmes used?

Don’t make a tzimmes out of it. You gonna upset the children …

Mary Doria Russell, Epitaph, 2015

Why do you have to make such a tzimmes over the maids’ stairs.

Péter Nádas, Parallel Stories, translated by Imre Goldstein, 2011
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Friday, March 02, 2018

phub

[ fuhb ]

verb

Slang. to ignore (a person or one's surroundings) when in a social situation by busying oneself with a phone or other mobile device: Hey, are you phubbing me?

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What is the origin of phub?

Phub was first recorded in 2010–14. It blends the words phone and snub.

how is phub used?

I found myself glancing at my phone in the middle of conversations … conveniently forgetting how annoyed I felt when other people phubbed me.

Catherine Price, How to Break Up with Your Phone, 2018

What we discovered was that when someone perceived that their partner phubbed them, this created conflict and led to lower levels of reported relationship satisfaction.

Jo Piazza, How to Be Married, 2017
Thursday, March 01, 2018

aberration

[ ab-uh-rey-shuh n ]

noun

the act of departing from the right, normal, or usual course.

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What is the origin of aberration?

The English noun aberration has wandered far from its Latin original. Cicero (106-43 b.c.) is the first (and only) Latin author to use the noun aberrātiō “distraction, diversion, relief (from pain or sorrow).” Aberrātiō is a derivative of the verb aberrāre “to divert, forget for a time; to wander off, go astray, deviate.” Aberration entered English in the 16th century.

how is aberration used?

They don’t want to believe that the United States is opposed to action on global warming. They’d rather see the Trump administration as an aberration.

Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer, "Introducing Our Newsletter, Climate Fwd:" New York Times, November 15, 2017

I had never fought or thrown a punch at anyone. It was an aberration to my father, and he had instilled in me this idea of physical violence as an aberration.

David Adams Richards, Mercy Among the Children, 2000

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