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April 15, 2010 9:01 PM Subscribe
Can you help me figure out this probably Yiddish phrase to ward against bad events?
posted by Solon and Thanks to writing & language (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a friend who picked up a phrase from her grandmother (she says it is Yiddish.) It sounds like "spy oy" and she didn't know how it is spelled.
Context: one uses it to sort of "protect" someone from a bad event. You say the word, a person's name, and then make spitting noises. If we drove past a house on fire, she might say " 'spyoy' solon, puh puh puh."
This is driving me mad! I don't know enough about Yiddish spellings to search for this, but I like the concept a lot. I might be getting it totally wrong, this is from memory. Any help?