Every weekend I participate in David Abrams’s “#SundaySentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”
This week: a tie!
“By us in Vienna has nobody speaken Yiddish outside the Polischen!”
Ilka was trying to connect “shyster” (the English cognate, presumably, of the German scheissen with the “er” suffix meaning “one who shits,” a “shitter”) and “lump” (as in a mattress) plus “sum” (the mathematical result of totting up) and missed everything the barman said after that.
Source: Her First American: A Novel by Lore Segal