The Yiddish Book Center's

Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

"Boo-Boo" Comes from Yiddish

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Mark Louden, professor of linguistics, describes the positive aspects of teaching Yiddish and explains how the word "boo-boo" came from a Yiddish phrase.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Mark Louden.

This excerpt is in English.

Mark Louden was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1962.