berriah, berrieh, berye, beria
- "Complimentary term for a talented, competent, energetic woman, especially one who gets a lot done - and does it well - around the house." (JPS Dictionary of Words)
- "My, she is a berye!" (Rosten)
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
בריה Yiddish berye 'efficient, skillful person' (not marked as feminine), originally from post-biblical Hebrew 'creature,' a variant of בריאה
Who Uses This
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
Similar to balabusta, but perhaps places more emphasis on skill.
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