“chutzpah”

This word comes from Yiddish, and is normally used to suggest admiration. When you say that someone has “chutzpah” what you mean is that you admire the individual because he is arrogantly self confident; he is not afraid to do or say what he wants to. It is also possible to spell the word “hutzpah”.

Pronunciation: The “ch” is like the “h” in “hat”, “have”, and “hand”; the following “u” is like the “u” in “pull”, “full”, and “bull”. The “z” is pronounced like the “s” in “sit”, “sip”, and “so”, and the final “ah” is like the “a” in “china”. The main stress is on the first syllable “chutz”.

*Keshav had the chutzpah to tell his boss to stop interfering in his work.

 Source:  ‘Know Your English’ Series – The Hindu Daily, August 22 , 2005.

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