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Melanie Metal

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Melanie Metal

Melanie is an ecologist who currently lives in southwest Florida, where she practices her Yiddish often with the abundant retiree/snowbird population.

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Know Your Yiddish!

I have often marveled at words like culaccino, which in Italian means "The mark on a table left by a cold glass." Words like this simply can’t be replaced by the sum of their parts. The English language has a wealth of words to choose from—over a million by some estimates—to complete the perfect turn of phrase. But, alas, sometimes one million words are not enough to lovingly tell your boyfriend that he has cream cheese in the corner of his mouth.

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