Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Headscarf or Grandma? Both!

funny word of the day: babushka

My colleague at work owns a website that sells babushkas ( and I wasn't sure if the word would be in the English language dictionary since I believe its origin is Yiddish...but, alas, here it is:
Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \bə-ˈbüsh-kə, -ˈbu̇sh-, ba-\
Function: noun
Etymology: Russian, grandmother, diminutive of baba old woman
Date: 1938
1 a : a usually triangularly folded kerchief for the head b : a head covering (as a scarf) resembling a babushka 2 : an elderly Russian woman

I love that it means both a Russian grandmother and a kerchief for the head, which is now worn by young women and men alike (aka doo-rags).

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jessica, I'm a fan of your Mom's and her blog led me to yours today. I'm TAKEN by the photo you posted for Babushka as inspiration for an art quilt. Can I ask the source of the photo? What a wonderful BABA face on this woman. Keep on blogging FUNNY WORDS, what a nice beginning for my day! Regards, Debbie Bein,