באַרליאַנט

My last name is Berleant. Other spellings I've seen are Berliant and Berlyant. It appears to be from the Kiev area. Does anyone know if this is in fact an anglicization of the Yiddish word באַרליאַנט? Thanks!

לײַבן

There is no definition for this word, nor a reference to view another entry ("see ..."). There is only a phrase using the word.

What is happening here?

David

געניצן

The verb genitsn 'to bow' is worth to be added to the dictionary. It is used in many texts, e.g.:
געניצן צו דרום און וועד זאל געניצן צו צפון...

I meet it in Abraham Rechtsman's book of 1958.

טשעפּיק

I think this may be more like a decorated kerchief or snood -- see this link, 2nd paragraph http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/stawiski/sta043.html. Maybe I'm just reacting to "bonnet" sounding like Little House on the Prairie or perhaps Jane Eyre.

יללה

Maybe also howling winds? Malka Lee Durkh Kindershe Oygn p11 "Mayn shtetele Monastritsh...mit zaverukhes un yeloles, mit glitshberg un krishtolenem ayz..."

חופּה

Also perhaps other types of canopies. Malka Lee Durkh Kindershe Oygn p17 "hendler un oysgeshtelte khupes mit skhoyre" — not sure if this is like "tents over the merchandise" or more like "tablecloths upon which the merchandise rests."

רינגפּלאַץ

A plaza perhaps? Malka Lee Durkh Kindershe Oygn p17, "In mitn shtetele iz der ringplats mit poyerishe ferd un beheymes..."

קידוש

קידוש can also refer to a martyr (even without the added השם). See Malka Lee, Durkh Kindershe Oygn p11, "kiddushim-gufim."

דאָס

I think דאָס can also substitute for אַז or something like כּדי (maybe daytshmerish). Here's an example from Malka Lee, Durkh kindershe oygn:

ikh vil es ufheybn funem ash... es zol nisht opgevisht vern... dos mayne kinder un kinds-kinder zoln visn zeyer opshtam.

:ייִדישקײט

In YIVO pronunciation, the ending 'keyt' (kuf-tsvey yudn-tet) rhymes with English 'late', but I've only heard it pronounced 'kayt' (YIVO standard) to rhyme with English 'light'.

Does any Yiddish dialect use the 'keyt' pronunciation?

David

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