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(kvel) Pronunciation RealAudio

verb intr.: To feel proud; to beam; to gloat.

[From Yiddish kveln, from German quellen (to gush, to well up).]

"However, Chet landed happily at NECN, where he is admired and coddled by management who can't kvell enough about Chet."
Monica Collins; 'Dog Days' a Sunny Walk in the Park; Boston Herald; Oct 20, 2002.

"His tone dared me not to celebrate, dared me not to kvell."
Mimi Harrison; Das Kapital; The Washington Post; Mar 12, 2000.

This week's theme: Words borrowed from Yiddish


In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. -J. William Fulbright, US Senator (1905-1995)

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