tsuris


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(Yiddish) aggravating trouble

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Devil, Not-Quite-White, Rootless Cosmopolitan Tsuris in Latin America, The Bronx, and the USSR," in Composing Ethnography: Alternative Forms of Qualitative Writing, Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner, eds.
He would visit her backstage as she passed through his hometown of Chicago, touring in such classics as "Yetta, the Bialy Girl" and "A Whole Lot of Tsuris.
The online Urban Dictionary calls it "a Yiddish phrase for worries, stress or hassle," giving this example: "Oy, Zelda, I don't want to be a kvetch, but I've got tsuris up to here.
Tsuris is a Yiddish word, but its root is the Hebrew tzarah, meaning trouble; its relative, litzrot, means to become narrow or to be in a tight place, says Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York, a longtime student of Yiddish and a former assistant director of the National Yiddish Book Center.
But tsuris treads deeper than shpilkes, a Yiddish word that literally translates as needles and describes a feeling of nervous energy.
Tsuris pops up frequently, even outside of strictly Jewish circles.
Surprisingly, tsuris hasn't been absorbed into everyday American English as readily as Yiddish words such as maven, or chutzpah or kvetch.
Sometimes tsuris requires an adjective for more oomph: In an article in the National Review in 1987, D.