beitza "Irishman"

Gerald Cohen gcohen at UMR.EDU
Mon Feb 9 03:30:57 UTC 2004

At 11:06 AM -0800 2/6/04, Sarah Bunin Benor wrote:
>Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004
>From: Sarah Bunin Benor <sbenor at>
>To: jewish-languages at
>Subject: Server, "beitza," seal
>...Here's an interesting anecdote. A friend came across the word "beitza"
>(Heb. 'egg') as a name for a non-Jew in Ireland. He was told that it comes
>from Yiddish "eyer" ('eggs') through phonetic matching with "ire"
>('Irish'). ...

This is of course very interesting, but how widespread is the usage?
Where did the friend come across it? Does it have any currency beyond
the creative humor of one or two individuals?

Gerald Cohen

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