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    omg, just looked up the origin of 'barking yenta' for the 1st time... Archived Message

    Posted by Ian M on November 28, 2020, 10:02 am, in reply to "This is funny---but surely Rachel Riley, Yenta Hodge and co. will want it banned."

    Don't know if he coined the term for Hodge but I can't stop laughing after reading this from Finkelstein back in 2018:

    'Barking Yenta Dame Margaret (Hodge) Tells Packed News Conference: “I Obey My … Uh … I mean… Israel’s Leader: I’m leaving for the Philippines.” Guardian (5 September 2018)

    On September 6, 2018

    In Blog, News.

    Barking Yenta Dame Margaret (Hodge) Tells Packed News Conference: “I Obey My … Uh … I mean… Israel’s Leader: I’m leaving for the Philippines.” Guardian (5 September 2018)

    At a packed news conference, Barking Yenta Margaret Hodge praised Prime Minister Netanyahu’s embrace of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.

    She then shocked reporters: “I’m auto-deporting to the Philippines.”

    A reporter asked if she felt safe going there after Duterte said “As long as there are many beautiful women, there will be more rape cases.”

    Acknowledging that she would probably be a prime target (disrespectful guffaws could be heard in the room), the Barking Yenta continued.

    “You see, Duterte visited Yad Vashem, and my family are Holocaust survivors.”

    But as a hush swept over the crowd, a reporter challenged her:

    “Hitler didn’t come to power until 1934, and most historians date the Holocaust, or systematic extermination of the Jews, from around 1941. But your family left Germany for England in 1930 for business reasons. So didn’t your family escape not survive the Holocaust?”

    “Listen, you dumb goy,” the evidently peeved Barking Yenta retorted, “so long as there was a Holocaust, I’m determined to milk it for every last drop. And for your information, I’m a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor.”

    “But if you’re a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor,” an obviously anti-Semitic reporter chuckled out loud, “that makes Leonardo DiCaprio’s son a Second Generation Titanic Survivor.”

    “Hey, the Barking Yenta’s got a point!” another reporter chimed in. “My mother died of ovarian cancer,” he said, “so I’m a Second Generation Ovarian Cancer Survivor, aren’t I?”

    (A bewildered murmur could be heard in the room.)

    “That’s why I’m getting the ####ing hell out of the ####ing UK. I can already smell the chimney smoke. Not only did my family survive the Holocaust, not only am I a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor, but now I am also a First Generation Pre-Survivor of ####ing Jeremy Corbyn’s Second Holocaust.”

    While the Barking Yenta was exiting the room in a huff, a reporter put to her one last question.

    “According to historian Raul Hilberg, the Nazis intended not only to exterminate Jews but also ugly people. Doesn’t that make you a Double Second Generation Holocaust Survivor?” '

    See also:

    'Yenta or Yente (Yiddish: יענטע‎ is a Yiddish women's given name. It is a variant form of the name Yentl, which ultimately is thought to be derived from the Italian word gentile, meaning 'noble' or 'refined'.[1][2] The name has entered Yinglish—i.e., become a Yiddish loanword in Jewish varieties of English—as a word referring to a woman who is a gossip or a busybody.

    The use of yenta as a word for 'busybody' originated in the age of Yiddish theater. In the 1920s and 1930s the humorist Jacob Adler, writing under the pen name B. Kovner for The Jewish Daily Forward, wrote a series of comic sketches featuring the character Yente Telebende, a henpecking wife. The popularity of the character led to the name developing its colloquial sense of 'a gossip'.[1]

    There is a mistaken belief that the word for a Jewish matchmaker is yenta or yente. In reality a Jewish matchmaker is called a shadchan (שדכן. The origin of this error is the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof, in which a character named Yente serves as the matchmaker for the village of Anatevka.[3] '


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