Saturday, August 18, 2007

NEBISH

RICH in Texas sent me this plate...


Ummmm.... any bish? What's a bish?
How about any guesses?

6 Comments and Guesses:

Ben said...

The guy's either a bishop from Nebraska or a nebbish.

Clark Cox said...

"any bishonen"?

Erin said...

from dictionary.com:

nebbish \NEB-ish\, noun:
A weak-willed, timid, or ineffectual person.

You used to be a nebbish, a noodle, a fool
And now you're Mr. Big Time with your own private pool.
-- Maira Kalman, Max in Hollywood, Baby

Poor Humphrey is a nebbish, a fellow whose private passivity is intended to contrast with the dramatic historic events that sweep around him.
-- Mason Buck, review of The Red Cabbage Café, by Jonathan Treitel, New York Times, February 3, 1997

He is a nebbish who might be played effectively by Woody Allen. He attracts the sympathy of lower-echelon mammals but finds it difficult to relate to dogs and human beings.
-- Evan Hunter, "American Mayhem, Soviet Intrigue", New York Times, October 9, 1983

Nebbish is from Yiddish nebekh, "poor, unfortunate," of Slavic origin.

Why anyone would advertise themselves as such is beyond me, though!

Kjaere said...

oh wow... Erin, you take the prize for this one!

Felorin said...

The word Nebbish was used a lot in Mad Magazine in the 60s and 70s. (Maybe in the 50s too, but that was before my time!)

TC said...

Clark got to it before I could. Bish is an American slang term used by anime fans to refer to a pretty boy, or censorly calling them a bi*ch.