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14:27 Aug 10, 2000
Hebrew to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Hebrew term or phrase: mischagaz
Word expressing a kind of foolishness, a Yiddish word, actually.
Bob Brennan
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Summary of answers provided
nacrazinessAnita Treger
nanonsense, craziness
Ingrid Abramson
nanonsenseDSchwalb
naidiosyncrasy or weird obsessionDaniel Miller
nacraziness or insanitymusici
naMESHOOGAZ - Follies, mild mad or crazy acts, or a person with "bats in the belfry".
Iris Bat-Or
namischegazEric Isaacson
nasee below
Laura Gentili


  

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10 mins
see below


Explanation:
I assume you mean "meshugah". The participle derives from the Hebrew root shin gimel 'ain. The active verbal form means to drive someone crazy, to confuse him, etc.
The passive verbal form means to become crazy, to be crazy.

Laura Gentili
Italy
Local time: 17:36
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 4

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chaya erez
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25 mins
MESHOOGAZ - Follies, mild mad or crazy acts, or a person with "bats in the belfry".


Explanation:
Your spelling is somewhat illegible. yet I believe it is MESHUGAS. In proper Heb. - mad, crazy (female form),
in Yiddish - folly (all forms depending on context).

Iris Bat-Or
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in HebrewHebrew
PRO pts in pair: 70

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chaya erez
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28 mins
mischegaz


Explanation:
From Yiddish. A particularly crazy idea action or opinion.Example: an apparantly normal quiet individual with hobbies such as bunjy jumping or rock climbing His mother would call it his mechegaz.

Eric Isaacson
Israel
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2 hrs
craziness or insanity


Explanation:
The spelling is usually something like MISCHIGAS (using Spanish vowels). It means 'craziness' or 'insanity,' not in the hard medical sense, but as in "What is this mischigas?" when trying to drum some sense into the heads of friends having a foolish argument. The word "foolishness" is also a good synonym.

musici
United States
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Baruch Avidar
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14 hrs
idiosyncrasy or weird obsession


Explanation:
This term, originally Yiddish (meshugas) refers to an individual's unique and often crazy obsession with some topic or activity. For example, a person may be particular about washing his/her hands frequently, but "that's just his/her meshugas". This can apply to a very wide range of topics/activities.

Daniel Miller
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2 days 23 hrs
craziness


Explanation:
the word is used to describe a type of unusual behavior or reaction. The coonnotation is not one of medical insanity or mental illness.
E.g. He has a meshugas for good food - He is crazy about good food.
Or she is full of meshugas - she has a lot opf unacceptable demands

Anita Treger
Israel
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229 days
nonsense, craziness


Explanation:
For instance as in "He was talking about buying into a gold mining company, or some mishegaz like that..."
Meshuga does mean crazy, but mishegaz means craziness, nonsence, idiocy etc.



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Ingrid Abramson
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Native speaker of: Swedish
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330 days
nonsense


Explanation:
What mishigas!-What nonsense!

DSchwalb
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