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My mother used to say that my grandfather (who never worked a day in his life) depending on his wife (grandma) to eke out a living for the family, that he was living "af kest" or something like that. I can't seem to find that expression anywhere by googling, and no one else in my family speaks Yiddish (and I remember just a bit.

Does anyone here know the proper spelling and pronunciation of that term. It was definitely used with distain.....alluding to the fact that g'pa was pretty useless as far as supporting his very large family (he did make babies though...lol).

Anyone know or want to take a stab at that expression....

thx
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My mother used to say that my grandfather (who never worked a day in his life) depending on his wife (grandma) to eke out a living for the family, that he was living "af kest" or something like that. I can't seem to find that expression anywhere by googling, and no one else in my family speaks Yiddish (and I remember just a bit.

I found one place that indicates the meaning "at pleasure", and another that says "receiving room and board at in-laws".

So basically, a free loader, as you described him.

Elan
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Elan- thx - that’s exactly what she said and meant. Did I spell it correctly ( sort of??)

Free loader - perfect… there’s another in our family and I remembered that term from waaaaay back. lol
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Did I spell it correctly ( sort of??)

Af kest is the same spelling that I found on line.

Elan
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Thx - elan
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