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(Oxford English Dictionary)
oy, int. (and n.)
Etymology: Yiddish oy, an outcry or exclamation of surprise, joy, dismay, or horror.
Esp. in Jewish usage: expressing surprise, dismay, or grief; ‘oh’, ‘oh, goodness’. Also (occas.) as n.
1892 I. Zangwill Children of Ghetto I. xii. 270 The dispute thickened; the synagogue hummed with ‘Ei’s’ and ‘Oi’s’ not in concord.
1896 A. Cahan Yekl iv. 73 Oi a lamentation upon me! He shaves his beard!
1928 H. Crane Let. 22 Feb. (1965) 317 Oy-oy-oy! I have just had my ninth snifter of Scotch.
Word Play Masters Invitational
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14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
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Feb. 1, 2005 21:59:00
The ANNUAL NEOLOGISM CONTEST
Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. And the winners are:
14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
‘Mensa dictionary ‘12’: Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
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