JDub

Alternative Spellings

J-Dub

Definitions

  • An American Jew who is not Syrian (usually refers to Ashkenazim)

Example Sentences

  • She basically left the community after she married a JDub.
  • "I am half “J-Dub” and half “S/Y.” For those of you out of the Sephardic loop, “J-Dub” is short for “JW” or “Jew,” the slang term used in the Syrian Jewish Community to describe Ashkenazi Jews, and “S/Y” is the term Syrian Jews use to refer to themselves." (http://www.jbooks.com/secularculture/Hidary.htm)

Languages of Origin

English

Etymology

The letters J and W.

Who Uses This

Syrian: Jews with recent ancestry in Syria

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

The origin is likely an abbreviated spelling of J-E-W. Why would Syrian Jews refer to others as Jews when they too are Jews? Perhaps they associate the term "Jew" with Ashkenazim because of a commonplace interaction from early-20th-century New York: Yiddish speakers asked Syrian Jews, "Do you speak Jewish?" (meaning Yiddish). The use of an abbreviation may also be on analogy with their self-label "SY" / "S/Y."

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