Author Archives: Brandon Marcus

Proverb – Yiddish

“Je länger ein Blinder lebt, desto mehr sieht er.” “The longer a blind man lives, the more he sees.” My informant first heard this proverb at the age of twenty (circa 2001) when he was visiting his grandfather during winter break.  He was attending the University of California at Berkeley at the time, when he… Continue Reading »

Food – Jewish

Elie’s Noodle Kugel My informant first heard of this dish approximately ten years ago (circa 1997) when he was at a dinner to celebrate Yom Kippur.  The dish was served at my best friend’s grandmother’s house (Elie), and my brother, Adam, was the first from our family to taste it.  My informant was someone that… Continue Reading »

Proverb – Italian

“È meglio un uovo oggi di una gallina domani.” “An egg today is better than a chicken tomorrow.” My informant first heard this proverb at the age of fifteen (circa 2003) from his mother.  He was going to the movies one night with a few friends when he didn’t have any money so he asked… Continue Reading »

Game – American

“Quarters” My informant first heard of this drinking game during his junior year of high school.  The point of the game is to bounce your quarter into your empty cup.  The materials should consist of two cups, two quarters, a table, and participants.  The goal is to bounce your quarter into your cup and after… Continue Reading »