Reply Sat 16 Feb, 2013 04:58 pm
Hi all, I am looking for a Yiddish word to describe the following type of person:

A person who is always negative, a little Eyore-ish, and thinks nothing will work out and shoots down suggestions for help.
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jespah
 
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Reply Sat 16 Feb, 2013 05:02 pm
@rayray1234,
Not exactly correct, but a schlemazel is a person who is unlucky all the time.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/schlemazel
rayray1234
 
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Reply Sat 16 Feb, 2013 05:04 pm
@jespah,
Thanks for your reply @jespah, but I'm looking more for a naysayer or negative-nelly...
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eightoneeight
 
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Reply Tue 28 May, 2013 06:05 pm
@rayray1234,
I don't know of a word that fits exactly what you're looking for. "Neynzoger" is literally "no-sayer" but means like "one who objects" (not necessarily describing someone who is always like that, just that someone disagrees or dissents). You could make up a word! "Neyn" is "no" and "nit" is "not," while "-nik" is a Slavic suffix that makes something describe a person. If you were to call someone a "Neynik" or "Nitnik," you would be saying that person is defined by their negativity, which I think is what you're trying to convey. I haven't seen either of those used in print but I don't see why they couldn't be and if you did use them I think people would understand what you're talking about.
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eightoneeight
 
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Reply Tue 28 May, 2013 06:08 pm
@rayray1234,
I should also say that it's common to call someone "Moyshe [something]" in a derisive way, so "Moyshe Neyn" or "Moyshe Nit" might convey what you're looking for too.
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cinnamonnutmeg
 
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Reply Mon 22 Jun, 2015 10:36 am
@rayray1234,
Did you find the word you were looking for? I'm looking for the spelling and actual definition of what I'll spell as fuhbbissineh. Its a word used to describe people I'd call negative thinkers.
DavidKA
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2016 01:59 am
@rayray1234,
The 2 dictionaries i checked with say that:

pessimist = פּעסימיסט (pesimist)

defeatist = מאפּאָלעניק (mapoleh-nik)

melancholic = מאָרעשכוירעניק (moreh-shkhoyreh-nik)
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DavidKA
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2016 02:02 am
@cinnamonnutmeg,
farbisine - פארביסענע - is someone bitter, full of anger and hatred toward somebody
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2016 05:40 am
@DavidKA,
Ah, like Frau Farbissina from the Austin Powers movies. My father claims her name means sourpuss.
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racquel127
 
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Reply Tue 30 Aug, 2016 10:27 am
@rayray1234,
Sorry for not knowing how to post a new question, so I am going to reply to yours and hopefully someone will help me too:
I am looking for this:
How to say in Yiddish
From your daughter who misses you - in one adjective
I know it's something like
Foon dein benkendigeh tochter
But I'm not sure that that's the correct adjective
I don't want to say "foon dein tochter vos benkt noch dir".
Can anyone please help?
Thank you!
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racquel127
 
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Reply Tue 30 Aug, 2016 10:28 am
@cinnamonnutmeg,
farbissen - someone who is very bitter
farbisseneh - a woman who is very bitter
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