In the age of Yiddish theater, it started referring to a busybody or gossipmonger. The word has since become Yinglish (a Yiddish loanword in American Jewish English). In the 1920s Yenta was first popularized by a famous humorist, Jacob Adler, writing under his pen name B. Kovner, in which he created the character Yenta, and featured Yenta in a Broadway play entitled Yenta Telebenta. Yenta was also his character in a 50 year writing career for the Jewish Daily Forward.
The name has also been used for:
- The Linux CardBus controller, which brings together Cardbus cards with the rest of the computer.
- The name of a highly-available key-value store for Perl
- The name given to Dr. Frankie Bashan, "The Lesbian Yenta", an advice columnist for Curve magazine.
- Gene Bluestein (1998), Anglish/Yinglish: Yiddish in American life and literature
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