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 a 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. 'Kaduches' is more likely to originate in Hebrew 'קדחת, pronounced 'kadahat' meaning fever sickness and 'nothing' by popular use. In Yiddish it is known as 'kaduches'.

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