THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
48—Friday, April 12, 1968
By JESS SILVER
Martin Marcus' Yiddish for Yankees':
OK for Mimicry, Not for Accuracy
(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)
A Chicago advertising man, providing pleasurable acquaint-
Martin Marcus, has hit upon an ance with the Yiddish language.
interesting way of proving that It won't suit the Yiddish intellec-
Yiddish isn't dead. He has selected tual and the scholar who has
the most popular — in the sense mastered the language. But it will
of the most often — used Yid- create curiosity.
dish words and has produced a
For instance, a "Goniff" is "a
book he calls "Yiddish for Yank- crook by birth—The neighbor who
ees, or, Funny, You Don't Look steals your parking place." "Gaz-
lan (gabs lun)" is "your most
This little volume (published by foolish of all the fools." "Bullvant
J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia), (bull vahnt)" is explained as "a
is a sort of dictionary, containing man with the build of an ox."
many words and phrases, intended
There are such terms as "fi-
to teach Yiddish and to guide the zehnish `fih zay nish)" which is
reader along a path of entertain- defined as "a monster, an ugly
ment as well as teaching. It has individual" and many other simi-
many definitions that are aimed at lar terms are mistransliterated,
offered funny explanations, intro-
duced for entertainment more than
It can be said about this little
book that it is "clever" and de-
. notes ingenuity. But cleverness and
• Bar Mitzvas
ingenuity is not scholarship or
knowledge. If the Yiddish scholar
is outraged by such "literature" it
will be understandable. Those who
will object to a section that car-
ries the title "From Bad to Worse
to Vershtoonkene" will have good
cause to express resentment.
If it were intended for stage
mimicry it would be another mat-
perhaps such is the
intention. If it is, then let the
15650 W. 10 Mile Rd. Suite 210
reader know: he'll need other
definitions and he should not ex-
pect accuracy in reading the
words: Marcus' are quite inac-
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Across from the Fisher Theater
Miami Beach's Neal Walk, 19,
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school's 55-year basketball history.
He was a unanimous All-South-
eastern Conference choice.
A 6-10, 225-pound junior center,
Walk led the nation in rebounding,
and established 12 new individual
season records at Florida as well
as two Southeastern Conference
marks. His Florida records in-
clude: most points, 663; highest
scoring average, 26.5; most re-
bounds, 494; best rebound average,
19.8 and most rebouds, 31. against
Alabama. Florida ended the sea-
son with a 15-10 mark, with good
wins over Kentucky, Tennessee
and Vanderbilt twice.
Following the Kentucky victory,
the Wildcats' coach Rupp said:
"We didn't have a man who could
handle him, not even two who
could handle him. I think Walk
could give Lew Alcindor a good
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next," commented the Alabama
Walk attributes his improvement
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selor, and played basketball
against top college players at every
opportunity. "It gave me confi-
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speed and I put on weight."
Invited to participate in the
Olympic trials, Walk, a business
major, reluctantly declined. "One
of the finest honors an athlete
can have is to represent his coun-
try in the Olympic Games," Walk
said. "I am extremely disappointed
that, after talking to my professors
and counselors, I must decline this
invitation. My schedule of courses
in business will be such that I
could not miss two weeks in the
spring and over a month in the fall
quarter and still make normal
progress toward a degree."
Dave Newmark of Columbia
also received end-of-season rec-
ognition. The Sporting News
named the seven-footer to its
All-America honorable mention
list. Newmark was one of the
main reasons Columbia gained
its first Ivy League title in 17
Coach Roy Rubin's Long Island
U. squad closed the basketball sea-
son with a 21 -1 record (20
straight), and were named the top
small college club in the country.
The Blackbirds - accepted a bid to
Madison Square Garden's National
Harry Litwack's Temple Owls,
18-9, also participated in the NIT.
Brandeis, under new coach K. C.
Jones, achieved its first winning
season in six years. The Judges
Basketball lost two outstand-
ing coaches with the retirement
of Sam Cozen and Bill Spiegel.
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in 15 years at Philadelphia's
Drexel Tech, and Spiegel, a New
York City high school coach for
41 years, had a record of 620-84,
a winning percentage of .881.
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ence all-star teams were Dave
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two small-college centers who did
a fine job this past season.
When UCLA's All-America Lew
Alcindor was in high school in
New York City, his coach Jack
Donahue refused to allow any col-
lege coaches near him. All but one
was barred from the dressing
room. Donahue revealed that he
didn't mind when Yeshiva's Red
Sarachek came around to say hello.
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