nudge prononciation

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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    I am accustomed to two different prononciations of the word "nudge".

    English - u is pronounced as in cut.
    Yiddish (German?) - u is pronounced as in put.

    Entymology?
     
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  3. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    We don't study insects here, so I hope you meant "etymology" and not "entomology."

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    They are two different words. Noodge (often spelled "nudge" just to confuse people) is a Yiddish word of Polish origin--not German. It means to nag: to annoy with persistent criticism, complaint, or demands for favors.

    Nudge is a genuine English word, from the same origin as "knock." It means to push someone gently, especially with one's elbow, to get their attention or to encourage them to act.
     
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  5. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    There is a similarity in that if you nudge someone persistently, you become a noodge.
     
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