Friday, July 11, 2008

A quick Yiddish survey!

Boker tov! I thought I'd pass along this little blurb that I found over on the On Chanting blog, it's a survey about Yiddish, which was recently discussed by Shimshonit over on It doesn't take too much of your time, so why not participate, eh?
Concerning the spread of Yiddish among English speakers in North America

You are invited to participate in an interesting and entertaining survey about language. Essentially, we're asking about the spread of Yiddish (and some Hebrew) among English speakers in North America. We're turning to both Jews and non-Jews to answer questions like these: Who uses Yiddish words like "shmooze" and "daven" and phrases like "Money, shmoney"? Why do some people say "temple" while others say "shul"? Who prefers biblical names for their babies? Your responses will help us answer these and other questions, and you might learn something about yourself in the process. Please set aside 15-20 minutes, and click on this link to participate.

Please forward this e-mail to your friends and family. We are hoping to get thousands of responses from people of all religions, ages, and regions of the United States and Canada. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Prof. Sarah Bunin Benor,, or Prof. Steven M. Cohen,
And for those curious, the survey is being run by Hebrew Union College (the Reform movement's seminary).