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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2016-10-28 14:33:51

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2641

yiddish << kaddish

Yesterday I heard a Master’s student giving a presentation on the Stolpersteine (German for “stumbling stones”), memorial plates that Gunter Demnig has been installing across Europe for the last 20 years. At one point she referred to a ceremony at the laying of one of the plates in which a Rabbi “said yiddish for the dead.” Someone in the audience corrected her (“it’s kaddish”). She accepted the correction, so it may have been a slip rather than an eggcorn for her. But I got the impression that she might actually have been confused about the two terms.

I can’t find any web example of “saying yiddish for the dead,” so it’s probably not established enough to be an eggcorn.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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