Esther Cohen has just penned Dont Mind Me and Other Jewish Lies (Hyperion), a collection of the most subtle, sly Jewish lies shes been hearing her entire life.
Cohen says the Jewish lie is a language in and of itself, in which Jews, Mean the exact opposite of what theyre actually saying.
Common Jewish lies include the loaded You decide, Dont bother, You shouldnt feel guilty, and the mother of all Jewish lies: Dont mind me.
Cohen explains, Dont mind me actually means Yes, mind me! Do everything you can to make me feel comfortable! Jewish lies are a just circular way of talking.
Although Jewish lies can be confusing at times, Cohen says the best way to respond to one and avoid discomfort is to master the language.
She suggests responding with, No problem, or It doesnt matter, and explains, You just lie right back!
Dont Mind Me hits shelves tomorrow (Sep. 9).
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