This question is constructed to have an excuse to ask a question about the word "Chuzpe"

I want to link to German Wikipedia. Please note the section Beispiele. I just find it delicious.

There is an entry in English Wikipedia too, but without the example.

On twitter I found it used as

Sag mal, du hast ja schon eine krasse Chuzpe, dich auch noch locker mit mir zu unterhalten.

But I think generally it isn't used together with adjectives. Is that correct?

  • Why? "Mit großer Chuzpe ..." - Why not? – user unknown Oct 22 '11 at 22:18

"Chuzpe" is mostly used alone and not with a qualifying adjective. I suppose if someone is said to have "Chuzpe", then this statement, absolute as it is, is best used on its own - it certainly doesn't need any more amplification, and it's quite hard to think of a way to relativize it.

See also its synonyms

"Dreistigkeit, Frechheit, Unverschämtheit, [...] Unverfrorenheit, Schlitzohrigkeit",

which are also only rarely used with an adjective.

  • I realize that the link I posted contains "vollkommene Unverfrorenheit", but at least to my ears, this sounds quite strange. That's why I replaced the adjective with an ellipsis. – Jan Oct 25 '11 at 14:04

It is more often made into an adjective, as in chutzpahdig. I like the ah ending because it is more reflective of the Yiddish spelling.

  • Huh, I'd never heard that before. Interesting. – Cass Oct 25 '11 at 17:25

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