Why Yiddish Was Often a Source for Thieves' Slang in European Languages

What we learn from the story of the Russian phrase shakher-makher, or wheeler-dealer.

Bugsy Siegel, the famous American Jewish gangster.

Bugsy Siegel, the famous American Jewish gangster.

Observation
Feb. 22 2017
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