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warpling's avatar

What is the yiddish word for "in the wings?"?

Asked by warpling (841points) March 16th, 2010

There is a yiddish word/phrase I can’t quite remember for saying say “He’s waiting in the wings,” as in he’s in the reserve, ready to go…

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mrentropy's avatar

I looked and looked and looked and I wasn’t able to find anything. I don’t have acc… Oh wait, I do. I may be back.

whatthefluther's avatar

I really don’t know but I went to the English to Yiddish translator I frequent and got the following for the word “available”: bimtsies & faranen. I also tried the following but had no luck: “reserve”, “stand-by”, “reinforcement”. Good luck to you. See ya…..Gary/wtf

gailcalled's avatar

If the phrase exists (and I doubt it), neither of my grandmothers nor great-aunts ever used it. Maybe because theatrical metaphors were outside the typical Jewish immigrant experience.

Now, if you’re talking “potato pancakes in your trousers,” we have “latkes in your gatkes.” I have no idea what it means. Maybe being impatient, like “ants in your pants”?

mrentropy's avatar

I’m also coming up empty on this one. And I’ve exhausted my resources.

gailcalled's avatar

Possibly “Shabbos Goy”? He’s the guy (non-Jewish) whom you hire to do all your chores on the Sabbath. He will turn your TV and lights on and off, for example.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@gailcalled And don’t forget crapping in the ocean! “Geh kak afen yam.” Ain’t Yiddish great? :-)

janbb's avatar

@dpworkin will know when he’s around. He’s the Yiddish maven. (I’ll send this to him.)

janbb's avatar

I got it! I got it! My brother the Yiddishist knew the answer. The phrase is “inter der colisem.”

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