[Mendele] Mendele Vol. 18.013

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
Fri Nov 28 10:22:21 EST 2008

Mendele: Yiddish literature and language

Contents of Vol. 18.013
November 27, 2008

1) amatshiner parkhes (Hugh Denman)
2) terminology for female genitalia (Alissa Avery)

Date: November 17, 2008
Subject: amatshiner parkhes

With reference to Kalman Weiser's query about "amatshiner parches"
[18.012:2], I think there is a fair chance that the locality concerned is
Mszczon≤w, 45 km SW of Warsaw, which is often called either Amshenev or
Amshinov in Yiddish.

Hugh Denman

Date: November 25, 2008
Subject: terminology for female genitalia

My name is Elissa and I am a freelance journalist in the New York area.

I am currently researching a piece about Yiddish words for female
genitalia, as well as issues of female modesty in Yiddish culture over the
20th century.

I have a few questions I would love feedback on.

What were the terms used in your households? How were they used?

Also, what and how did grandmothers and mothers refer to female genitalia?

What level of modesty was exhibited by non-religious Yiddish speakers when
discussing this?

Any stories on this topic would be greatly appreciated.


Elissa Avery

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