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Yiddish term or phrase:koter/kuter
English translation:tom cat
Entered by: Kristin Sobania
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13:04 Feb 13, 2009
Yiddish to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Music / lyrics of *Bei mir bist Du schejn*
Yiddish term or phrase: kuter
Dear colleagues,

I’ve got the Yiddish lyrics of "Bei mir bist Du schejn" , of which I don’t understand all of the words. I know the English version of this song, but those words don’t have the same meaning as the Yiddish words so they really aren’t of any use to me.
There is one translation of this song in the internet, namely


However, the Yiddish words I’ve got differ in some parts from the words of that version.

There is a very nice version of this song on YouTube (of which the words slightly differ as well):


I would be really greatful if someone could help me to understand the lyrics. (A friend of mine couldn't find those words in a dictionary either .... maybe because of the spelling?)

Context: Ven di zolst zain shvartz vi a tuter
Ven di host oigen vi bai a kuter
Un ven di hinkst tsubislach host hiltserne fislach
Zug ich dos art mich nit.

In the YouTube version, *kuter* is pronouced like *koter*.
Kristin Sobania
Local time: 00:10
tom cat
again, 'kuter' is a dialectal pronunciation of the standard Yiddish 'koter', a male cat.
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Elena Watson
Local time: 23:10
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Very many thanks again :-))
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Elena Watson



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tom cat

again, 'kuter' is a dialectal pronunciation of the standard Yiddish 'koter', a male cat.

Example sentence(s):
  • If you had cat-like eyes..., etc...that wouldn't bother me, I say.
Elena Watson
Local time: 23:10
Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian
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Very many thanks again :-))
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