beigeling, beygeling, bagelling
- Identifying another person as a Jew.
- Inserting a Jewish phrase or concept into a conversation in order to determine whether the other person is or isn't Jewish.
- "I thought my seatmate might be Jewish, so I bagelled him by asking if he was headed home for the hagim."
- "Will got bageled at the doctor's office; the doctor said that she was taking Rosh haShanah off, too."
Languages of Origin
derived from Yiddish בײגל beygl (see "bagel" entry)
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger
Doodie Miller, former Director of Operations at YU's University School Partnership, takes credit for inventing the term and maintains a web site about the concept, "The Bagel Theory" (http://bageltheory.com/). Writer Jessica Levine Kupferberg popularized the concept in an article for "j. weekly" (http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/34034/have-you-ever-been-bageled/), in which she credited Miller. "Bageling" is also used in several other ways: to describe stockings (especially nylon panty hose) falling in circles around someone's ankles; a Japanese fad involving facial modification; the act of shopping for bagels or discussing the art of bagel making; in tennis, to be bageled is to lose a match without winning a game.
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