The Weekly Schmooze: Knaidel / knaydel wars

07.06.2013                      29.Siwan. 5773

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The Weekly Schmooze: Knaidel / knaydel wars

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Knaidel or kneydel? The question has the Yiddish-speaking word up in arms, after Arvind V. Mahankali won the Scripp's National Spelling Bee in the US last Thursday with the word for everyone's favorite addition to chicken soup. The New York Times got on the case, and found that the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research prefers the second spelling, while the Webster's Third International Dictionary, the spelling contest authority, uses the first. Author Dara Horn weighed in on the debate, too, connecting the accepted English spelling (knaidel) to the death of Yiddish. Maybe they should have just asked Mahankali him to spell matzo ball, instead. A few days after the spelling bee, by the way, the 13-year-old spelling champ tried his first knaidel at the Carnegie Deli in New York….