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Recently there was an article in the Washington Post that paddling is still an approved form of discipline in many states in the deep south. While discussing the article with friends we talked about makkas (? spelling) on the tuchus (spanking) which our parents (German Jews) would frequently threaten to administer (and occasionally did) if we misbehaved. I cannot find any reference to this term when I google although the term potch on the tuchus does show up when I do a search. My sister in NY found the Hebrew word makkot which means lashes. Do you have any further information on makkas (? spelling) on the tuchus which we all remember our parents saying - Yiddish, Hebrew, or a German-Jewish term.


Your sister is right. The Hebrew word is Makkot (plural), Makkah (singular). The Hebrew for the rear end is Tachat. In Yiddish, which borrowed many words from Herbrew, tended to replace the T with an S when it's the last consonant in a word. Thus makkot became makkes and tachat became tuches.

May your rear end remain safe,


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