aetataureate
of or pertaining to a golden age - coined by Michael Chabon
Altneuschul
Old New Synagogue
argosies
a rich source or supply
babka
savoury Belorusian dish made from potato
dernier cri
the very latest fashion
Dreiserian
Dreiser (1871 – 1945) was an American novelist and journalist who pioneered the naturalist school and is known for portraying characters whose value lies not in their moral code, but in their persistence against all obstacles
excelsior
a Latin and archaic English word meaning "ever higher"
execrable
utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent
exophthalmic
characterized by the prominence of the eyeballs
flummery
empty compliments, trifles, nonsense
gelid
very cold, icy
goyische
something or someone who is not Jewish, disparaging term
homunculus
representation of a human being. Historically referred specifically to the concept of a miniature though fully-formed human body
loupe
a simple, small, hand-held magnification device used to see small details more closely
lucubrations
literary works, especially of a pedantic or elaborate character
mendacious
telling lies, especially habitually. Dishonest, untruthful
narrishkeit
absurdness, act of folly, aimlessness
Philistinism
derogatory term to describe a particular attitude or set of values, unappreciative of art, beauty, intellectual content, or spiritual values. Materialistic, favouring conventional social values
post-prandial
after mealtime, after eating a meal
prestidigitation
performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand
Sen Sen
a type of breath freshener, originally marketed as a breath perfume in the late ninteenth century
slivovitz
a distilled beverage made from Damson plums, frequently called plum brandy. IN the Balkans, part of the category of drinks called rakia
tergiversate
turn one's back on something, be apostate, change one's party or pinciples, equivocate
trayf
(food) not satisfying the requirements of Jewish law
yeshiva
academy for the advanced study of Jewish texts (primarily the Talmud)