vneufeldt at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM
Thu Jul 4 23:36:21 UTC 2002
The Amish wear crosses??
727 9th Street East
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society
> [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
> Of Kim & Rima McKinzey
> Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2002 1:29 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: Jew/Jewish
> >I swear I've heard "Is he a landsman?" but whoever said it
> has been dead a
> >long time--ancient in the 1950s.
> Having grown up Jewish in NYC also in the 50s, I don't remember too
> many terms from then, but I know I've heard landsman - and
> never MOT.
> In the film "Frisco Kid" from 1979, Gene Wilder, playing
> the lost and
> bedraggled Polish rabbi, sees a group of Amish - with the
> black hats,
> beards, etc. and runs to them crying "Landsmen." They help him and
> then, when he sees their crosses, faints in their arms.
> And there's also Dr. Jonothan Miller - when he was still with Beyond
> the Fringe, who said he wasn't a Jew, he was JewISH, not going all
> the way...
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