• “My zayde used to say this when someone insulted him: ‘Vaksn zolstu vi a tsibele mitn kop in dr’erd. / May you grow like an onion with your head in the ground.’” (bit.ly/2YgVqQ9)
• “The Jews also spiced their language with words picked up from the Romance languages of the countries in which they had previously lived -- Old Italian, Old Spanish and Old French ... Tsibele, ‘onion’ is derived from the old Italian word ‘cipolla.”’ (bit.ly/2Yy08NK)
• “Zi veynt mit tsibele-trern / She’s crying onion tears.” (Onion tears, like crocodile tears, are not true expressions of sadness. (bit.ly/2JSCqU2)
Shaker Heights resident Harold Ticktin prepares “Yiddish Vinkl” for the Cleveland Jewish News.