BIGGS, O'BRIEN AND GIGGLE WORDS
In case you didn't know, Jason Biggs is not Jewish. He's Italian. But since Biggs is now in the new play "Modern Orthodox," wherein he plays an Orthodox Jew, he has to pronounce myriad Hebrew and Yiddish words.
As part of the promotional junket, Biggs just told Conan O'Brien that he doesn't have to know how to speak Hebrew to play Jewish in the play: "A lot of them are just giggle words," Biggs said, as he taught the extremely tall redheaded O'Brien to say "shmageggy"...
Isn't it nice to have one's linguistic heritage reduced to the term "giggle words"? But ok, I'll play along.
Of course there are the regular words like tuchas and kneidel. And the "dirtier" ones like alter cocker and shmeckel. That's Yiddish for ya. But in Hebrew? Mirkachat (pharmacy), harpatkaot (adventures) and, a seasonal duo, sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and chanukiyah (the proper name for the chanukah candelabrum, known as "menorah"). Oh, I know there are others. But I want to hear from you.
What are your favorite giggle words? Answers can be in Hebrew, Yiddish, English or any other language...
I'll start you off with an English one. Kumquat. Now you go.