Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Thu Jul 4 02:45:59 UTC 2002

On Wed, 3 Jul 2002, Alice Faber wrote:

>of Jewish immigration to New York, there were various social clubs and
>mutual aid societies for immigrants from particular areas, called
>"landsmanshaften" (or some such). So, in the immigrant usage, a "landsman"
>was someone from the same home town as you in the old country. I'm not sure
>at what point the term was extended to mean a fellow Jew. Your mother's use
>sounds more like a mutatis mutandis of the original meaning.

Like homeboy/homegirl?


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