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...
Let soldiers and haredim swap roles
The day I met Chuck Todd
Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions
Oh so sorry
Jules Feiffer’s ‘Kill My Mother’: You’ll Die Laughing
New documentary ‘Altina’ gives success a different definition
Urban beekeeper on a quest to protect nature’s pollinators
A Jewish conversion, three generations in the making
Tag: Arvind Mahankali
June 10, 2013 | 10:01 am
May 31, 2013 | 9:10 am
May 31, 2013 | 5:58 am
How do you spell knaidel? M-a-t-z-o-h B-a-l-l.
The word that 13 year-old Arvind Mahankali from Queens, NY spelled to clinch the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship last night is German for a small mass of dough. But its most common meaning in America is matzo ball....