One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
Problems or difficulties; trouble.‘the NBA has its share of tsuris these days’
- ‘Everyone got the drive-by descriptions; when she made a phone call, everyone heard the tales of woe and tsuris.’
- ‘So I thought I'd indulge myself, after all this tsuris, by writing a paper with my own title parody, albeit on a quite different subject.’
- ‘The idea of healing and transformation is entering the American vocabulary and will, we believe, eventually become part of the American dictionary, as frequently used as words like tsuris and chutzpah.’
- ‘He doesn't need the money and he doesn't need the tsuris.’
- ‘When you have my tsuris [troubles], you'll talk differently.’
- ‘All this tsuris so I can watch ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’’
- ‘Oy, you give me such tsuris when you act like this.’
Early 20th century: Yiddish, plural of tsore ‘trouble, woe’, from Hebrew ṣārāh.
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