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The Family Jewels

Posted by Word Camel on January 31, 2002

I was wondering about this phrase as it used to describe male genitalia.

For years I've wondered specifically if this might relate to the German word "Schmuck" meaning ornament, decoration or jewels and the Yiddish word "Schmuck" meaning penis. I understand that the Yiddish word is related to the word for "snake" - which would make sense.

Anyone have any insights?

Thanks,

C