mishegoss

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Yiddish מישעגאָסס ‎(mishegoss), from משוגע ‎(meshuge), “crazy”, from Hebrew משוגע ‎(meshugga`), “crazy”, from שׁוּגַּע ‎(shugga‘) (“be driven mad”), שִׁיגַּע ‎(shigga‘) (“drive mad”).
Compare Russian мишигас (mishigas).

NounEdit

mishegoss ‎(uncountable)

  1. (slang) Madness; silliness.
    • 2007 February 11, William Safire, “Culpa for Mayor”[1], New York Times:
      On the contrary, the Michigander’s mishegoss is driven by my choice of the on-guard anticipate when he thinks I should have used the more general, all-purpose verb expect.

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