those wisenheimers …
turned their backs upon their
Old words with a different take on the meanings.
Wisenheimer was a word in my home when I was growing.
If we got too smart, my Mom or my Grandma or both would call us a bunch of wisenheimers.
Just hearing the word said out loud made us laugh and maybe even more smart.
It was a term I took to mean just a smart aleck.
I ran across an obituary for the author Philip Roth today and there was this line; “The Jewish community saw Roth as a wisenheimer – a sharp-tongued young man who had turned his back upon the religion of his fathers.”
A sharp-tongued young man who had turned his back upon the religion of his fathers.
Seems like a whole new meaning.
But I sure can find a lot of application for it today.