Shiksa (Yiddish: שיקסע shikse) is an often disparaging term of Yiddish origin that has moved into English usage (as well as Polish), mostly in North American Jewish culture, as a term for a non-Jewish woman or girl.
Writer Menachem Kaiser argues in his essay "Anti-non-Semitism: An Investigation of the Shiksa" that "the pejorative connotation of 'shiksa' is fuzzy at best" because "'shiksa' today is used as often as not in winking self-reference".
The equivalent term for a non-Jewish male, used less frequently, is shegetz.
In Polish, siksa (pronounced [ʂɨksa]) is a pejorative word for an immature young girl or teenage girl, as it is a conflation between the Yiddish term and usage of the Polish verb sikać ("to urinate"). It means "pisspants" and is roughly equivalent to the English terms "snot-nosed brat", "little squirt", or "kid".
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- "Shiksa—Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary".
- Kaiser, Menachem (March 6, 2013). "Anti-non-Semitism: An Investigation of the Shiksa". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
- Question 19.6: What does "shiksa" and "shaygetz" mean? How offensive are they?
- "definition of shiksa". The Free Dictionary. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
- Kaiser, Menachem (3 March 2013). "Anti-non-Semitism: An Investigation of the Shiksa". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
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