A few things.

1.  Just wanted to let you know that reader Red Pen Mama (comment #47) was the lucky winner of the shirt, gift certificate, tickets, calendar, and Google Wave giveaway when Random Number Generator spit out her number.

I already have something else awesome that I’m going to give away shortly, so if you didn’t win Steelers tickets and if you didn’t win this contest, maybe the next one will be yours.

Or maybe you’ll get bubkes.  One never knows.

2.  As I told you last week, I’ll be speaking at PodCamp Pittsburgh 4 on Saturday afternoon with butler Mike and if you haven’t registered to attend this free conference, it is sold out and once again, you get bubkes.  I understand there’s a waiting list and that occasionally spots are opening up as cancellations occur.  Good luck with it.

3. Last night I sat down to write my column when I realized my deadline is not the 8th; it is the 10th.  Being the responsible writer that I am, I said “WOO! 48 more hours!” then flicked my computer off and went to watch Glee and drink wine.

As for my column topic … I got bubkes.

4. Bubkes is a fun word to say, so I just want to say it one more time.


Also, sausages.


  1. dave
    October 8, 2009 11:30 am

    Isn’t it Bupkiss?

  2. bluzdude
    October 8, 2009 11:33 am

    Congrats to Red Pen Mama!

    “Bubkes” sounds like a Russian pancake or something. “Yes, I’ll have the potato bubkes, please.”

    I like to say the word “whimsey.”

    Whimsey whimsey whimsey. I feel better already.

  3. CrashJK
    October 8, 2009 11:37 am

    Bubkes could be the “new” HAWT ?!

  4. Just A Simple Man
    October 8, 2009 11:39 am

    Congrats Red Pen Mama

    PS: I’m with Dave on the Bupkiss…

  5. Just A Simple Man
    October 8, 2009 11:44 am

    Sorry Ginny MW says your right….

  6. Cathy
    October 8, 2009 11:48 am

    Glee makes me happy. my teenager turned me on to it and I am hooked… sappy but true.
    I am with dave I thought it was Bupkiss…

  7. Sooska
    October 8, 2009 11:55 am

    I think your column should be about Yiddish and how people use it all the time and have no idea it is Yiddish and then argue how to spell it. Shlemiels. Shlimazels. (Actually I think it’s “bupkis.”)

  8. President Pigeon
    October 8, 2009 12:04 pm

    I think you all are speaking Yinzerese…

  9. LuAnn
    October 8, 2009 12:25 pm

    Googling produced —-

    The word bupkiss, often also spelled bupkis, means, as you say, ‘absolutely nothing’. In negative constructions (for example, “He didn’t know bupkis”), it means ‘the least thing; anything at all’.

    Bupkis is a borrowing from Yiddish, where it literally means ‘beans’. The reference is to how inexpensive and common beans are.

  10. Magus Patris
    October 8, 2009 12:37 pm

    I think “Bubkes” might be the new, Mexican side dish at Las Velas. “I’ll have two burritos, with a side of beans and bubkes.” Yum!

  11. Tinare
    October 8, 2009 12:37 pm

    Marion Webster’s

    Main Entry: bub·kes
    Variant(s): also bup·kes or bup·kus \ˈbəp-kəs, ˈbu̇p-\
    Function: noun plural but singular in construction
    Etymology: Yiddish (probably short for kozebubkes, literally, goat droppings), plural of bubke, bobke, diminutive of bub, bob bean, of Slavic origin; akin to Polish bób bean
    Date: 1942
    : the least amount : beans ; also : nothing


    I was thinking the Bupkus was the right way. Goat droppings — love that!

  12. Tinare
    October 8, 2009 12:38 pm

    Ack — Merriam, not Marion. That was her sister…

  13. red pen mama
    October 8, 2009 12:46 pm

    bubkes is very fun to say.

    But today, I will not be saying it.

    ‘Cause today, I won. Ridiculously excited to be picked by a random number generator.

    Thanks for the congrats, everyone.

    and: BEST BLOG EVER!


  14. Wckdcll
    October 8, 2009 1:03 pm

    I got your back Ginny:
    bupkis – 2 dictionary results
    Main Entry: bupkis
    Part of Speech: n
    Definition: something worthless; nothing

    Main Entry: bupkis
    Part of Speech: n
    Definition: See bubkes


  15. Wckdcll
    October 8, 2009 1:08 pm

    Oh and congrats Red Pen Mama!!

  16. Jules
    October 8, 2009 1:13 pm

    woo! wine! i just drank a bottle because i just found out i passed the bar. and I want you to know. if you put an ice cube in a glass of warm wine, it looks like ectoplasm. jus’ sayin’

  17. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    October 8, 2009 1:22 pm

    Congrats Jules! Now you know a little bit more than bupkis. I still have nightmares about that bar exam and I passed it 11 years ago.

  18. Moonbeam's Momma
    October 8, 2009 2:20 pm

    How can a free conference be sold out?

    [Congrats rpm!]

  19. Amber
    October 8, 2009 2:25 pm


  20. Still A, Fan
    October 8, 2009 4:53 pm

    another fun word to say – polygamy

  21. Leah
    October 9, 2009 9:19 am

    I love Glee!

  22. Norf Side Betty
    October 9, 2009 5:32 pm

    This may date me, but wasn’t rockys big slobbery dog in rocky 1 named bupkis?