If you were walking down the street and someone called you an alrightnik, do you know enough Jewish slang words to know if you should be appreciative or offended? In the Jewish language, Yiddish, alrightnik is a slang word for something that has achieved or succeeded. So you can calm down, you were not being called a nasty name, you were receiving a compliment.
In the Yiddish language, there are hundreds of Jewish slang words. The advent of Jewish slang words has only become a recent occurrence because many of the old-school, devout Jews believe that it is a sin to use slang mixed with the Hebrew or Yiddish language, the language of God. For this reason, most of the slang words used today are imported from other foreign languages. Most of the slang comes directly from the Israeli, Arabic and English languages.
The usage of Hebrew or Yiddish as an everyday speaking language did not used to be as prevalent as it has come to be today. Most of the Jewish people were fluent in other languages and then took on the language of their religion afterwards. As phrases came to be passed along and humorous words or phrases borrowed, slang began to grow and advance in the Jewish populations.
Now that the history is over with, we can get to the funny stuff. Alrightnik is a decent example of more proper slang word to show respect to someone else. However, there are many slang phrases that are very funny. Do you know what they call a Jewish woman’s breasts? They are literally referred to as Joobs, no pun intended. If you want to tell someone that you would really like for them to kiss your backside, you can tell them “hey, why don’t you kish mir en toches?” I am sure you can have a good time using this one in your everyday language.
With the advent of the Internet, you can run an easy web search on almost any search engine for “Jewish slang words” and come up with millions of web sites that touch on the topic. From just a few of those sites, here is a short list for you to enjoy. Be a Mensch and learn them all!