Stick to Business, Pozhalsta

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jul 29 16:58:48 UTC 2002

At 12:25 PM -0400 7/29/02, Mark A Mandel wrote:
>On Mon, 29 Jul 2002 RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
>#In a message dated 7/29/2002 10:42:21 AM, JJJRLandau at AOL.COM writes:
>#<< PS.  We have to keep Mssrs. Butters and Popik apart.  "Butters" is
>#milchig.  "Popik" is a variant spelling of the Yiddish word "pupik"
>#("giblets") and hence is fleischig. >>
>#I love this! Thanks so much for making this all seem the trifle that it is. A
>#little judicious humor nearly always puts things in perspective. (My memory,
>#though, is that PUPEK means something quite different from 'giblets', though
We used it to describe a little edible thing on a broiled (or
otherwise cooked) chicken.  I'm sure it wasn't a belly button, but it
wasn't giblets either (those we removed before cooking and wouldn't
have eaten anyway).  Pupik/Pupek is definitely 'belly button, navel'
in Yiddish (pupik oranges, anyone?), but at least in our family there
seems to have been this metaphorical extension.  Anyone else recall
anything similar?


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