Monday, November 7, 2011


A couple years ago I bought this little booklet about The Joy of Yiddish by Leo Rosten. By browsing this booklet I found some interesting words. Most of the words in this booklet are related to crooks, swindles, ponzi schemes, and anything no good. I guess the Jews practice and know how to define their attributes.

This is today's word:


Pronounced goz-lin, to rhyme with "Roslyn."
Hebrew gozlon: "one who deprives others of their rightful possessions by force."

1. A thief-but not a professional; a professional is a gonif.
2. A swindler, one who outwits others.
3. A merciless, rapacious, unethical person. "Who would have believed that he would turn into such a gozlin?"

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