bupkis

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From Yiddish באָבקעס (bobkes, (large) beans), from קאָזעבאָפּקעס (kozebopkes, goat droppings), from Proto-Slavic *koza (goat), and diminutive of Proto-Slavic *bobъ (bean).

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bupkis (uncountable)

  1. absolutely nothing; nothing of value, significance, or substance
    We searched for hours and found bupkis.

Usage notes[edit]

Often translated as meaning small round fecal pellets, referring to the shape of goat droppings. A colorful usage, though more emphatic expression (in Yiddish more so than in English) is "Bupkis mit Kuduchas" (באָבקעס (bobkes) מיט (mit) קודוצ׳ה (kuduts'h)), translating roughly to "shivering shit balls" - kuduchas referring to the condition of generalized shaking palsy.

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