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Back in 2007 I posted about "the dismissive exclamation meh"; now, in a new Boston Globe column, Ben Zimmer reports on an exciting new historical discovery:Yiddish appears to be the ultimate source. I checked with Ben Sadock, a Yiddish expert in New York, and he turned up a tantalizing early example. In the 1928 edition of his Yiddish-English-Hebrew dictionary, Alexander Harkavy included the word meh (written in the corresponding Hebrew letters) and glossed it as an interjection meaning ?be it as it may? and an adjective meaning ?so-so.
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