I love words that sound like the action – especially when they lend themselves to be said with gusto!
For instance, I love the Indonesian word ‘sandal jepit’ (pronounced sandal jeh-pete) which means thongs/flip flops/jandals/sandals. The ‘jepit’ part of the word is exactly the sound that thongs make when you walk in them… try walking in thongs and not hearing ‘jepit’ now!
It is for this reason that I have a fascination with Yiddish words. They’re just so onomatopoeia-ish and delicious. Who doesn’t love saying ‘schmooze’. “Of course I don’t like these people, I’m just schmooooooooozing with them for the free canapés darling!”
I chose 12 of my favourite Yiddish words and matched them up to signs – because they just seem so universally applicable.