mishegoss

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Borrowed from Yiddish משוגעת(meshugas), from משוגע(meshuge, crazy), from Hebrew משוגע(meshugga`, crazy), from שׁוּגַּע(shugga‘, be driven mad), שִׁיגַּע(shigga‘, drive mad).

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mishegoss (uncountable)

  1. (slang) Madness; silliness.
    • 2007 February 11, William Safire, “Culpa for Mayor”, in New York Times[1]:
      On the contrary, the Michigander’s mishegoss is driven by my choice of the on-guard anticipate when he thinks I should have used the more general, all-purpose verb expect.
    • 2011 Allen Gregory, "Pilot" (season 1, episode 1):
      Allen Gregory DeLongpre: You know what? Let's forget all the mishegoss and try to enjoy our lunch, huh? Take the edge off.

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