What am I, chopped liver? 
Posted: 19 July 2013 04:55 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Is there a known originator, or famed early user, of this phrase?

It is considered an American Jewish phrase. Are there analogues in Yiddish? Other languages?

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Posted: 19 July 2013 05:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The rabbi sez:

As far as I know, the origins of the phrase are not Yiddish; I believe the phrase was originally coined in America. Being that chopped liver was always considered a side dish and not a main course, the phrase is used to express hurt and amazement when a person feels he has been overlooked and treated just like a “side dish.”

Not definitive, of course, but it suggests the earliest use will not have been Yiddish (which might make it easier to find).  And I would be very surprised indeed if it existed in other languages.

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