Oy Vey


A joke describes four Jewish women talking. The first exclaims, using a Yiddish expression of dismay: “Oy.” The second matches the expression and ups it: “Oy vey.” The third completes it: “Oy vey is mir,”which translates roughly as, “Oh, woe is me.” The fourth admonishes her friends, “Ladies, I thought we agreed we wouldn’t talk about our children.”

Deborah Tannen, I Only Say This Because I Love You


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