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Posted: 14 October 2013 05:31 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Posted: 14 October 2013 06:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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A Yiddish origin certainly sounds plausible on the face of it. It would fit comfortably alongside another pithy, casually dismissive Yiddish expression: feh (expressing disgust).  But meh doesn’t appear in Leo Rosten’s “The Joys of Yiddish”, whereas feh does—not that Rosten’s is the last word, of course.

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Posted: 14 October 2013 07:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The links in the sources go through the Yiddish sources more thoroughly. This is a case where Rosten simply doesn’t cover it.

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Posted: 14 October 2013 08:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I first became aware of the word when I joined SDMB around the turn of the century. (One feels positively Edwardian using that phrase in looking back!) A useful term and, as Dave says, the pithiness is all.

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