Which Yiddish Word Describes Your Personality?

We've all put schmear on our bagels and complained about a schlep that took us across town, but which Yiddish word best describes your personality? Are you a "Mensch" or a "Balabusta"? Maybe a total "Yenta"?

Benjamin Birely
On Sep 1, 2014

Pick your favorite holiday from the following.

How would your parents describe you as a child?

Pick a physical exercise.

What's more annoying?

Choose the film that you most identify with.

How would you rather spend your last week of Summer?

Which Seinfeld character are you most like?

How much do you usually tip your waiter?

Kvetch

Kvetch

Kvetch:
1. to complain, esp. chronically.
2. Also, kvetcher. a person who kvetches.

Example: "At the burger place, I was kvetching about there not being enough ketchup for my fries!"

Let's face it, kvetching is your specialty! For you, there's nothing that can't be improved and you'll tell anyone who's willing to listen exactly how to improve it. You notice every little detail and you have an opinion about everything. Your coffee was too hot? You noticed. Your date showed up 7 minutes late? That's right, you noticed. The government is wasting billions of dollars? Yup, you're blogging about it! But all this just means that you have incredible critical thinking and analytic skills! You'd make a fantastic lawyer or journalist.

Mensch

Mensch

Mensch (men-shh)
1. decent, upright, mature, and responsible person.

Example: "You mean he helped you move and bought you lunch? What a mensch!"

You're a mensch! You're mature, responsible, kind, helpful, intelligent and successful. You're simply the epitome of what a human being should be! You tip well, you never complain too much, and when a friend needs help? Well, you're always there to help him find the right person to hire....to help him! What a mensch! Chances are you're not single (how could you be?) and you're probably out there championing some charitable or social justice cause. We seriously need more people like you in this world!

Shmaltz

Shmaltz

Schmaltz:
1. Informal. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or soap operas.

Example: "I hate romantic comedies, there's too much schmaltz."

Did you cry during "The Notebook"? Do you love floral prints? Do small bunnies make you emotional? Do you only read books with a happy ending? Of course you do! You love schmaltz! Originally referring to chicken fat, "schmaltz" or "schmaltzy" is anything overly sentimental or emotional. Your emotions are exaggerated, but it's just because you have such a big heart! You're really loving, caring, and truly empathetic. Nothing to be ashamed of here, you wear your heart on your sleeve and we think you should be proud of it!

Klutz

Klutz

Klutz:
1. A clumsy person.

Example: "This is the second time today that I've spilled my coffee on myself; I'm such a klutz!"

You're a klutz! You're always tripping over some cord or stubbing your toe on the bed. Have you ever missed your bus because you were standing on the wrong side of the street? We wouldn't be surprised! But all of this just really means that you're a day dreamer, with your head in the clouds and your mind busy with life's big questions. So you didn't notice the water you just spilled, who cares! You're probably busy thinking about how to cure breast cancer. You know, they say Albert Einstein was a klutz!

Vilde Chaye

Vilde Chaye

Vilde chaya (vil-deh chai-ah):
1. a rambunctious or wild person

Example: "I was such a vilde chaya when I was a kid!"

Literally "wild beast", vilde chaya is usually said lovingly about rambunctious children wreaking chaos on a family get-together, but when it comes to you it means one thing and one thing only. LIFE OF THE PARTY! You're outgoing, fun, spontaneous, and usually the center of attention. You have more energy than most and there's no one you can't have a good time with. Whether you're at the library or the club, you know how to throw down!

Yenta

Yenta

Yenta:
1) A person who is meddlesome or gossipy.
2) a busybody, someone who knows everything about everyone

Example: "Those three yentas keep trying to set me up with their grandsons."

The secret is out, you're a yenta! You know everything there is to know about everyone and you don't hesitate to share that information when necessary, and, well, when not so necessary. You're a busybody that's always trying to connect people, collect information, and schmooze your way around parties. It's important to you to know as much as you possibly can....about everyone. We won't lie to you, you can be a bit overbearing a times, but it's all from a place of love! By the way, you'd make an incredible detective!

Meshugene

Meshugene

Meshugene (Meh-shu-geh-nay):

1. a crazy, colorful person

Example: "Josh is moving to Israel, he's meshugene!"

You're meshugene! You're interesting, unique, and march to the beat of your own drum. In other words, you're a bit out there. But you have the ability to think outside of the box! You're creative, spontaneous, and maybe even a little bit spiritual. You don't respect the boring norms and standards of society, and you're always looking to put your own creative twist on any situation. We love it!

Balabusta

Balabusta

Balabusta (baleh-boo-sta):

1. good homemaker and mother
2. a good and resourceful housewife
3. the queen of the house

Example: "My mom is a real balabusta!"

You're a balabusta! How can you not be satisfied with that? Just say it: balabusta! Isn't that fun to say? Traditionally, balabusta refers to the perfect "housewife" or "homemaker", but we're saying it's a woman who can do it all! You're nurturing and maternal as well as organized and serious. You know how to get things done and you do it with love! You're incredibly resilient, graceful, and a natural born leader.