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Subject:  Re: Mensch used to describe a woman? Date:  7/31/2007  3:39 PM
Author:  sheila727 Number:  7827 of 15365

I can tell you with authority that a MENSCH is only applicable to a man; It refers to the ultimate honor or integrity - the greatest potential a Jewish man can attain. There are no synonyms for this adjective. James Patterson may be a bestselling novelist, but no maven is he in yidlinguistics.

Language evolves, even somewhat moribund languages. I'm sure that "mensch" was once exclusively male, but many have expanded this for quite some time. It's been unisex in my experience certainly since the latter 1940s.

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