Yiddish with Dick and Jane

See Jane schlep. . . Schlep, Jane. Schlep.

Do you remember Dick and Jane? This version with a Yiddish twist is hilarious (and made for adults).

I learned to read with the original. It was a long time ago, but I still remember:

See Dick. . .See Dick Run . . .Run Dick Run

Really, Yiddish with Dick and Jane is a parody, but pretty funny all the same. Especially to those of us who grew up with a few Yiddisha words floating around the family conversations.

Dick and Jane are not kids any longer (just like those of us who are old enough to know the original story). In fact, they are all grown up, and they’re living in the real world-and it’s full of tsuris (troubles).

That’s the premise of this hilarious little book, which isn’t really so little at 112 pages. It is both a humorous tale and a genuine guide to the Yiddish language with a sentiment and world view all its own.

The abridged version:

  • Jane is married to Bob
  • Jane is in real estate and must frequently schlep the Open House signs to the car. See Jane schlep. . . Schlep, Jane. Schlep.
  • Dick schmoozes with business people over golf: See Dick Schmooze . . .Schmooze, Dick. Schmooze.
  • Their sister, Sally, who teaches a course in “Transgressive Feminist Ceramics,” can see that life is not perfect, even though dear Dick and Jane cannot.
  • Their mother has a stroke (“Oy vey, Jane,” says Dick when he learns the news).
  • Bob’s best friend’s wife is having an affair because the best friend is gay (“‘Tom is more than gay, Sally,’ says Dick. ‘He is overjoyed.’… ‘Oy Gotenyu oh, God help us,’ sighs Sally.”)

Personally, I wonder if we will find Kibitz in the funny glossary, which serves as a quick Yiddish reference when you need just the word, or if you just need to determine whether the jerk you just saw is a putz, a schmo or a schmuck.

More Fun With Dick and Jane:

Yiddish with Dick and Jane – the original book
Fun with Dick and Jane – the original book
Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) staring Jim Carrey, Tia Leoni, Alec Baldwin and Richard Jenkins
Fun With Dick and Jane (1977) staring George Segal, Jane Fonda, Ed McMahon and Richard Gautier

Are you going to have some Yiddish with Dick and Jane?

Comments

  1. Jim says:

    Schmooze, Dick. Schmooze – This is hilarious!

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