Friday, April 13, 2007

Any Yiddishists in the Audience?

I recieved an email from POLJ asking what "farshimulte" means, as it was on a google search that lead to his blog.

My best guess (and by that, I mean Sarah's) is "to be made narrower." Multe is the word for narrow, and farshi is the verb "to be."

Anyone have a better guess?

4 comments:

Sarah said...

Eep! No. Now that I see how it's spelled...anyhow, the prefix far- and the suffix -te usually mean "to be made" and then the word in the middle is what it is being made in to. I thought you said "farSHMOLte," in which case my guess would have been okay....I'll do more research.

harley said...

It sounds like the word my mom used for food that's gone bad. As in, "Don't eat that chopped liver: it's faschimalt."

Dash said...

Harley is right, in a sense. "farshimlt" is an adjective meaning "moldy." The -e suffix is likely the result of standard inflection.

rokhl said...

yup, just want to second dash there-- even looked it up in the dictionary. it means moldy. ewww...