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August 21, 2014


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My impression (and it's only an impression, drawn from my Mom and her mother) is that kvelling is typically on behalf of someone else (like the kvelling grandmother in the cited definition); taking pride in one's own accomplishments is shlepping nakhes. As I say, only an impression, and this is certainly an example of semantic overlap; I wouldn't be surprised to learn some Yiddish speakers reverse these two senses.

John: I'm pretty sure I used "kvell" the way my late bubbe would have. I'm thrilled on behalf of my client!

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