Re: [Cz-L] On Topic, Off Topic.

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Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 19:29:18 -0400

When my father used this expression, he may have been saying something
his father would have said to him (he would sometimes preface a
statement with, "as my late father used to say") and his late father,
Mordecai Fichman, was from Lipcani . . .

  'talking to ___ is like talking to a piece of wood' (or, sometimes,=
'like talking to a stone').

Eytan Fichman

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To: cornel fleming <>; 'Abraham Kogan'
Sent: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 8:48 am
Subject: Re: [Cz-L] On Topic, Off Topic.

" Reden zu der Wand " is not accepted by the authentic Czernowitz
  Good Yiddish but not specific to Cz. 
  So is "Hacken dem Chaynik". 
----- Original Message ----- From: "cornel fleming"
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Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:49 PM 
Subject: RE: [Cz-L] On Topic, Off Topic. 
Hi Abraham, reden zu etc may be Yiddish but it is also the same in
czernowitzer deutsch...and the expression is still in use in Vienna
today...a friend's wife used it a couple of months ago when i asked her
if she had reminded her husband of something i asked!!!!!cornel 
-----Original Message----- 
[] On Behalf Of Abraham
Sent: 24 June 2008 17:19 
Subject: Re: [Cz-L] On Topic, Off Topic. 
The expression was : Reden tzoo ihm is wi tzu reden zu der want. 
Abraham K. 
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Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 8:56 PM 
Subject: Re: [Cz-L] On Topic, Off Topic. 
My parents, Pearl Spiegel Fichman and Yehudi David Fichman, used to 
laugh at the name Moishe Pinkepoyer (spelling?) but I can't remember if=

they explained what was funny about it. Do any of you know? My father 
used to use the expression, in English, 'talking to ___ is like talking=

to a piece of wood' (or, sometimes, 'like talking to a stone'). I'm 
imagining there was a Yiddish equivalent that this came from. Are any 
of you able to confirm this? - Eytan 
Eytan Fichman 
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