Friday, November 27, 2009


I'm having a little trouble defining some words that have lately become part of my vocabulary. Can someone help me put together a dictionary?

  1. yeshivish
  2. greasy
  3. harry
  4. any other generalizations that are shidduch related


itsagift said...

Definitions...oh, are they hard! Some of these depend on the person, but here goes...
I'm including links to real life definitions just for the laugh, so you can see how far we've come in the area of shidduchim! ;-)
Yeshivish - usually means more to the frum side. Sometimes, it can have a negative connotation, depending on who you are speaking to...there's a guy who is yeshivish and there's a car that is yeshivish, and many times they go together LOL!
Greasy - this is a deeper version of yeshivish, usually someone who "talks the talk," y'know, the real yeshivishe shprach. He has to use words like mamish, takka, lichoiyra, efshar and others in order to be greasy. It's mamish a gevaldige zach to be redt to this type of bochur. It reflects on the chashivus of the maidel redt to him...
Also, a greasy boy's payos must stick out a little bit from behind his ears...
Harry-means a little more to the nerdy side. It's hard to describe what he looks like, but when you see him, you'll know what I mean. A harry doesn't really care about what other people think and he'll dress the way he likes, which may not be a bad thing at all, depending on how harry-ish he dresses!
I hope I clarified some of these lol.
(Please do not take these definitions seriously, some of them were meant to make you smile...)

MusingMaidel said...

itsagift - so basically, they are all generalities that mean different things to different people, so they really mean nothing whatsoever. Have I got that right :) ?

Anonymous said...

thank you for the post and definations!!! These words have been plaguing me for a while LOL ;-)

itsagift said...

MM - not really...these words do have real definitions...but it really depends on who you are talking to. What yeshivish means to you depends on your own level of yeshivish-ism (is that a word? lol). It doesn't mean that these words don't mean anything!

harry-er than them all said...

itsagift- cars can either be yeshivish or ghetto. means the same thing, just to different denominations.

greasy- i wouldnt call it deeper, just a subset of yeshivish.

harry- not a subset of yeshivish. But they are found in yeshivos too, and an accurate description is hard, because there are many things that make up a harry. there are the "positive" parts such as a more practical style of dress (cotton pants, echos, and pocket protectors) and then there are the more latent aspects of trying to be yeshivish but lacking the finer details that only someone who grew up with it can have.
Basically someone who tries to be yeshivish too hard.

MusingMaidel said...

itsagift - when I said they were meaningless, I meant that unless the two people involved in a conversation each know where the other is standing in terms of yeshivishness (probably not a word, but I think it sounds better than yeshivaism ☺), their conversation can only lead to miscommunications and confusion.

Duddes02 said...

Are you sure u didn't mean "hairy"? :)

Freeda said...

maidel- isn't everything relative in shidduchim?
What's wealthy? What's out'of-town? What's with-it and what's nerdy? What's modern?

All these are So

MusingMaidel said...

Duddes - I'm pretty sure that the word I was thinking of was "harry." Hairy actually means something :)

Freeda - of course everything is relative in shidduchim, but some things are more relative than others

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