Re: the word "bizbuz"

Yitzchok Adlerstein (
Wed, 1 Jan 1997 17:49:20 -0800

Florence Amit wrote:
>I would be grateful if some member of the Forum would trace the Hebrew word
>"bizbuz", squander, for me and tell me when and where it began to appear in
>writings. My teacher of Yiddish culture says that the late 16th century is
>far to early and that I am misinterpreting hints of the word seen then.

The teacher may know lots of Yiddish, but very little Gemara! A verb form
of "bizbuz" is "yevazvez," and appears four times in the Babylonian Talmud
(fifth century), e.g. Ketuvot 50A

Yitzchok Adlerstein