Containing nearly 50,000 entries and 33,000 subentries, the Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary emphasizes Yiddish as a living language that is spoken in many places around the world. The late Mordkhe Schaechter collected and researched spoken and literary Yiddish in all its varieties and this landmark dictionary reflects his vision for present-day and future Yiddish usage. The richness of dialect differences and historical developments are noted in entries ranging from "agriculture" to "zoology" and include words and expressions that can be found in classic and contemporary literature, newspapers, and other sources of the written word and have long been used by professionals and tradesmen, in synagogues, at home, in intimate life, and wherever Yiddish-speaking Jews have lived and worked.
""A monumental achievement based on a life-time of labor by Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter, the greatest Yiddish lexicographer inmodern times, and edited by his closest students. This dictionary will be indispensible to those who study, speak and write Yiddish. Never again will mockers and scoffers be able to say ‘there is no word for that in Yiddish’."" —David E. Fishman, Professor of History, Jewish Theological Seminary of America
"This dictionary, twice as large as the best Yiddish dictionary we currently have in English, represents a major milestone in the history of Yiddish lexicography--the culmination of Mordkhe Schaechter's lifetime devotion to collecting and coining Yiddish words." —Leyzer Burko, Forward