Exactly what IS "Hazarai" ?

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  1. bard2dbone

    bard2dbone Member

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    I see this word written down like it is a feature of a EHX Memory Man pedal, but it means nothing to me. It doesn't even sound like a word I know for me to guess.

    What is it?
     
  2. jcat

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    I believe it's a yiddish word, or maybe hebrew. I think it means trash or garbage.
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  3. shawntp

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    In terms of EHX's usage - I think it just generically means with full/extra features.
     
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    Thank you! This has been on my mind as well.
     
  6. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll what you what hazarai is: one of the most popular words in my home growing up, as in: "No wonder you kids won't eat your dinners, you noshed up on chazarai (always pronounce it guturally!) beforehand."

    BTW, for those into etymology: Chazar (accent on the 2nd syllable) - חזר (read from right to left, opposite of English) - is the Hebrew word for "pig." Literally, chazarai (or hazarai, if you must) means "pig food."
     
  7. DavidE

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    Wow, that's just the opposite.

    It's a yiddish word that means all the bells and whistles, or all the best stuff. Kind of like that.
     
  8. Curly

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    a quick search turned up both Mike Matthew's explanation and an interview:
    Premier Guitar

    “It means all the extra stuff. You know, give me a frank with all the Hazarai.”
     
  9. theroan

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    The EH version is Japanese for "All the good stuff"
     
  10. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Only in Wonderland could hazarai possibly be defined as "all the best."

    As I explained previously, it means literally, pig feed, figuratively, junk food.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yinglish
     
  11. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    You, sir, are correct. :)
     
  12. HighSpeedSpoon

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    Give this man the prize - or I should say "So, would it kill you to give this man the prize?" :)

    BTW, the guttural "ch" is pronounced like the "ch" in the German word "Achtung!"
     
  13. theroan

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    But they chose the Japanese hazarai, not yiddish.
     
  14. TooManyHobbies

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    Not in the least. Not usually a positive connotation.
     
  15. TooManyHobbies

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    Which would be good if there were a Japanese version.
     
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    Well, that's the explanation given in something I read lately.....

    Oy, my head hurts.

    Ahhhh... vat do you know from funny?
     
  17. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    LOL! You're cracking me up, David! :D

    Actually, as is the case with many Yiddish words, and English ones too, depending on the context and inflection, I guess it could have a positive connotation. For example, if I saw you on the street and exclaimed, "David, you son of a bitch, how the heck are ya?," son of a bitch - a negative term - would definitely have a positive connotation.

    Same with chazarai. E.g., (said by mother), "Son, you sure cleaned up on the chazarai at last night's trick-or-treating." I would assume that's the sarcastic style in which Mike Mathews uses it in connection with his pedal. :)
     
  18. The Whiz

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    Who gives a rat's ass? How do you LIKE this pedal? It looks pretty appealing but I have yet to hear one/try one.
     
  19. bard2dbone

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    Now I need to try one out. I don't have much in the way of effects, but I'm thinking about what to add.
     
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    While digital boxes are usually not my thing, I did plug into a SMMw/H and an HOLY STAIN and found many useful sounds... --without scrolling menus! Yay!

    So, yiddish speakers, is it haz-AR-eye, or haz-AR-ay?
     

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