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By Isaac Mozeson


More Edenics MISHUGAAS

May23

It was an accident. I didn't want to bring Yiddish into this. I was working with Swahili.
Ah nechtiger tahg!

The founders of Esperanto met informally after their big conventions.
Naturally, they spoke Yiddish.
Luftmenschen! The old Jewish Jewish dream of uniting Mankind.

Here's the entry:

MISHUGA (Yinglish) MiSHOOGaH Mem-Shin-Vav-Gimel-Hey

Mih-SHOOG-a____ _____ משוגה _____________[SH-G]

ROOTS: Normally, Yiddish words sometimes used in English (Yinglish) are left to Leo Rosten’s dictionaries. This was no MISHUGAAS (neurotic craziness) of a MISHUGANER or michiginer (a crazy person, too easily mistaken for a with a person from Michigan).

Dictionary.com (Random House Dictionary, 2010) calls MESHUGA or MISHUGGA (senseless) a slang word that entered English from Yiddish meshuge in 1880.

There are no known non-borrowed English cognates, but the Asian and African ones needed an entry.

משוגה MiSHOOGaH is an error, and Japanese machigai is an error. The root is actually just ש-ג Shin-Gimel.

שגה SHaGaH is to go astray, Syriac-Aramaic SHiGAh, means “he erred;” שגיהSHiGeeYaH is an error in Psalms 19:13. The ש-ג Shin-Gimel root appears earliest when discussing the sacrifices needed for the accidental sin, in verses like Leviticus 4:2.

BRANCHES: In Cantonesean accident is shi gu. Saga is an accident in Korean.

Swahili “mistake” is (ma) kosa. The guttural and fricative (throat and whistling letters) have changed places... not by accident.

The Japanese also had an M-prefix before their S-K "mistake" root.

Let's call that a happy accident.

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Posted from a town where Yiddish is the third most spoken language, after Hebrew and Russian, just ahead of Amharic and English. In the larger Galilee region, Arabic is no. 1.

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