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Re: trombenik definition

Bert Stratton wrote:

> Re: the well-known N. Farber/M. Katz trombone instrumental "Trombenik Tanz."
> All my Yiddish dictionaries say "trombenik" means "lazy person,
> ne'er-do-well."  But Leo Rosten and Arthur Naiman add the meaning "boastful
> loudmouth," and say the word is derived from the Polish for a "blower of a
> horn or trumpet."
> Are Rosten and Naiman right, particularly about the "horn or trumpet"
> derivation?

Hi Bert:

The latter is the usage employed in my family.
An expanded definition would include, "bullsh*tter".

I'm not a trained linguist, so I cannot comment with absolute certainty
regarding the word's derivation, although I think it makes a lot of sense.


> Thanks in advance for your help.
> Bert Stratton
> Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band

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