Yiddish Vinkl for December 31

Kvell (kvehll)

Meaning: to experience pride and satisfaction from seeing others (particularly one’s children and grandchildren) excel.

• “Kvell comes from Yiddish kveln, meaning “to be delighted,” which, in turn, comes from the Middle High German word quellen, meaning “to well, gush, or swell.” (yiddishwordoftheweek.)

• “Back in 1828, Noah Webster learned 28 languages in order to write his groundbreaking dictionary. But ‘kvell’ was nowhere to be found among his 70,000 words. His family was surely proud, but it’s safe to assume that not one of them told him, “I’m kvelling.” (jta.org/2020/02/12/)

• “Parents can kvell over almost any achievement of their offspring, or even over achievements that haven’t happened yet: Shirley and Abigail, friends from childhood, run into each other on the street after not seeing each other for many years. Abby is pushing a baby carriage with two little kids in it. Shirley: Abby. It’s been years! You have babies! So cute! How old are they? Abigail: The doctor is two and the lawyer is three.” (jta.org/2020/02/12/culture/

• “Billy Crystal must have ‘kvelled’ when in 1991, the Anti-Defamation League named him the entertainer of the year ... and gave him an original seat from the Yankee Stadium.” (haruth.com/mw/kveln.htm)

Shaker Heights resident Harold Ticktin prepares “Yiddish Vinkl” for the Cleveland Jewish News.

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