What is the Yiddish for …

A hardware store. Does anyone know an authentic phrase/word?

Author: pitputim

For most of my life, I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. That being said, being a Zayda trumps it all. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel.

8 thoughts on “What is the Yiddish for …”

  1. I imagine they didn’t have such a thing in the alter heim, so they had no word for it. Once they moved to the cities and encountered these, they’d probably use the local (Polish, Russian, German, Hungarian, etc.) word.


  2. according to google translate: ייַזנוואַרג קראָם
    have in mind that
    1. ייַזנוואַרג might be restricted to computer hardware (as appose to ווייכווארג = software)
    2. many Yiddish speakers might not be familiar with the term as is.


    1. That would be אײַזענוואַרג. You forgot the alef. Niborsky’s dictionary says it’s an אײַזענקראָם.


      1. Thanks for the correction. I relied on Google Translate against my better judgment.
        you’re supported by אוריאל וויינרייך and הארקאווי…


  3. Mr Josefsberg A”H claimed that Yiddish had a way of describing anything that could be expressed in any language. A friend of mine asked him what the Yiddish word for mangoes is. He sat for a while with literal pain in his face, then said “אין פוילן מיר האבן ניט קיין מאַנגגאָוז”.


    1. My father הכ״מ would have said

      Vi ot Mir gehat mangoes, Bizt di faricht, Mir Hobben kom gehat pomerantzen.

      As for hardware store he would have said

      A hartvayer gevelbul


  4. What is Yiddish.
    In an advert, in Yiddish, from the US from the year 1948-1949 REKEACH put an advert in Hebrew Letters that meant to be American-Yiddish. It included Peanut oil, when Peanut Oil was still Kosher L’Pessach also for Ashkenazim, and Tomate vMushroom Souse in Jars flojm tomatoes etc.?

    According to the British Historian A.J.P. Taylor the Yiddish was a dialect of the people of the Rhine. The Rhineland is on the border of France and Germany, therefore Yiddish (words that were not taken from Hebrew) was German influenced by the French language. Let us see some examples. In French you do not pronounce the “s” if it is in the middle of a word gewen = gewesen (in German); “u” is pronounced as “i”, hit=hut, git=gut,; the “o” is pronounced as “oj”, roj=rot, brojt=brot, flojm=flaum; “a” changes to “u”, fuden=faden, mugen=magen, rud=rad, tug=tag. In French plural ends with a “s” , and in Yiddish we have: beckers, momes, tates, schmates.
    Also the רמ”א supports or hints to this by saying: “אנחנו בני אשכנז וצרפת ועלינו להחזיק במנהגי אבותינו”.


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