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My father used to say this.

 
 
Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2014 09:06 pm
My father was of British origin (no link with Israel). When he wanted to know the price of something, he would say these words: "WE FEEL, IN YIDDISH?" Can anyone please tell me where that saying may have originated.
 
glitterbag
 
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2014 09:33 pm
@maxtomlinson,
Did he say that when he asked for the price or after he learned what the price was?
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2014 09:37 pm
@maxtomlinson,
Looks like phonetic for how much, in German.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2014 09:46 pm
@roger,
What about : vey iz mir, woe is me?
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knaivete
 
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2014 11:30 pm
@maxtomlinson,
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When he wanted to know the price of something, he would say these words: "WE FEEL, IN YIDDISH?"


Vifil? in Yiddish means how much? in English according to this reference text.

http://thomer.com/yiddish/

Your father's home town of Segley, outside Birmingham enjoyed an influx of Jewish immigrants around the time of the industrial revolution.

http://www.connectinghistories.org.uk/Learning%20Packages/Migration/migration_settlement_jh_lp_03.asp

The phrase, we feel in yiddish, looks as if it was an amusing way of politely asking for mates rates ie. a cut price for someone who is a bit on the parsimonious side.


Was you father especially concerned about the tunes that a Jewish piano might play?

I have been unable to find a reference to the term other than yours.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jan, 2015 12:40 am
@roger,
If your father had been e.g. to a German speaking country, or knew a bit of German, it really could be what roger said: wie viel (how much). (The Yiddish vie fiel means exactly the same)
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racquel127
 
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Reply Tue 30 Aug, 2016 03:04 pm
@maxtomlinson,
He didn't say We feel, he probably asked: Vifil? Which means: how much?
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