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A linguist’s take on the knaidel/kneydl controversy

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/a_linguists_take_on_the_knaidel_kneydl_controversy

As a linguist who studies Yiddish-influenced English, I’ve had a busy week. As soon as Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “knaidel,” the messages began to arrive. On facebook, through email, and in person, my friends, relatives, and colleagues wanted to know what I thought. Here are some of the questions I’ve been asked, along with my answers.

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