Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Smiling Happy Faces

5 comments:

MICHAEL K - said...

AN AWESOME GROUP

I AM ALIVE AND WELL - SCHOOL IS GETTING STRESSFUL AS I AM IN THE FINAL MONTH OF FALL CLASSES WITH REPORTS AND A FINAL EXAM - AS MY ADVISER SAYS "STRESS IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL!"- OY VEY (PS I HAVE NOT FOUND THAT TERM IN THE JEWISH BIBLE AND I HAVE LOOKED HARD FOR IT)

HOPE ALL ARE WELL

MICHAEL

cape cod mike said...

"Oy vey" (Yiddish: אױ װײ) (or just "oy")[1] is an exclamation of dismay or exasperation (Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English)[1] meaning "woe" or "oh my gosh". The first part of it (oy) is originally from Biblical Hebrew, with cognates in other Semitic languages.[citation needed] It is possible that this Semitic family of words is somehow related to the constellation of Indo-European words represented in English by "Woe"[citation needed] — although such a relationship would have to be very old and may be just a coincidence. The term in its present form is borrowed from Yiddish,[2] and is often described as "defying translation"[3] or being an "untranslatable expression"[4] but which is described by Random House Unabridged Dictionary as being "used to express dismay, pain, annoyance, grief, etc."[1] and the Oxford English dictionary describes it as an "exclamation used by Yiddish-speakers to express dismay or grief".[3] In 2001, California State Assembly Speaker, Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), compiled a 31 page Yiddish dictionary for his colleagues and of the word "oy vey" he wrote that it was "an untranslatable expression used for a variety of negative feelings".[4] This interjection is first noted in English between 1890–95.[1]

A related exclamation is "oy vey iz mir" - "Oh, woe is me" (Yiddish: אױ װײ'ז מיר) or just "vey iz mir" (װײ'ז מיר) — "woe is me". It is related to the expression "Oy gevalt" (Yiddsh: אױ גװאַלד oy gvald), which can have a similar meaning, or also express shock or amazement. "Oy!" is often just used by itself to express any of these feelings.

atb :)
ccm

Cyclopath-Donna said...

OY!
Nice explanation CCMike! : )
Good Luck with classes "OY VEY"Mike!

Nice to see everyone's smiling face. I am officially in hibernation from outdoor cycling. Hope everyone is well.

Tam said...

Love our happy smiling faces. I miss you all!!

Anonymous said...

Good to see, Cape Cod Mike that you have typewritten Hebrew font. Wish my computer had the font. Love, Rabbi Shelly