I spent a fair amount of time in Pennsylvania as a teenager, with a lot of Pennsylvania Dutch and Jewish friends. My vocabulary improved vastly! As a linguaphile, I couldn’t wait to integrate the words I learnt into daily use. Here are some brilliant words borrowed from Yiddish, which I love using:
KLUTZ : a klutz is a clumsy person. A klutz has the agility of a wooden beam.
KVETCH : both a verb & noun. To complain and be a complainer. Multipurpose! One can kvetch and be a kvetch. Plus, the ‘kv’ sound is just so satisfying.
KVELL : To burst with pride, especially for a family member. To shout it out loud. As in, I’m usually kvelling about DD. Again, the ‘kv’ sound. Lush.
Have you got any audacious or fun K words to share? Last year, I wrote about kaffi, kanilsnudar and koeksisters.