Kamala, Mamale

Why do Yiddish speakers refer to children by terms of endearment seemingly meant for adults?

Then-Senator Kamala Harris on June 28, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Then-Senator Kamala Harris on June 28, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Observation
Nov. 18 2020
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