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Languages of origin
Regions in which the word is used
Types of people who tend to use the word
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp
- Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
- Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage
- Syrian: Jews with recent ancestry in Syria
- Persian: Jews with recent ancestry in Iran
- Russian: Jews with recent Russian-speaking ancestry in Russia
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Dictionaries in which the word appears
- Rosten: The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- Yiddish: Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- Glinert: The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Weiser: Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
- JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
- Steinmetz: Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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