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haimish [Oct. 3rd, 2017|02:25 pm]

Today in my NYTimes reading, twice, the word "haimish," which i don't recall ever seeing before.

From Wikipedia: Haimish (also Heimish): Home-like, friendly, folksy (Yiddish היימיש heymish, cf. German heimisch)

Google NGram for haimish, heimish


[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2017-10-03 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I only heard that one in the past five years or so...apparently it's just now making its way into the mainstream.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-10-04 10:35 am (UTC)


Hygge, the Norwegian word for cozy, follows a similar trend but stronger:

This reminds me of a description i've read for English: "We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
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