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May 1, 2001 07:26 PM


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Does anyone know what this word means? I heard a few times on these boards. thanks.

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    Peter B. Wolf

    Not too sure, but I think it's yiddish, and means malishious, spiteful, gloating or sneering, when combined with "smile": sardonic laughter, or with "Joy": gloating joy, it's similar to German "haemish" (that's an a with "Umlaut").
    Friends of mine correct me all the time and say it means: "homey" (I doubt it).

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    1. re: Peter B. Wolf
      Jeremy Osner

      Sorry, haimisch is not similar to German haemisch (="derisive"); it is similar to German heimisch (="homelike"). I'm afraid your friend is correct.

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      yvonne johnson

      this might help.
      try link below to 'not about food board' circa jan 21, 2001


      1. Do a search here for "haimish". You will find all you want to know, maybe more.

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        1. re: Stefany B.

          Hamimische means homey and friendly, down to earth.