Chutzpah: Why do people say it is against the law?

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.


Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment. For more Yiddish WordsChut

I think this is the funnest phrase. Yes, I follow most laws. I have broken a couple. I mean I took that tag off my pillow, drank before I was 21, and low and behold I stayed out past the town curfew. I almost forgot I have gone above the speed limit. I know the overwhelming guilt of the pillow tag keeps me up at night. I do however get annoyed when people cite the law to justify their perception. The law is clearly written and yes it is open to interpretation but the actual offense has to be defined in order to be broken.

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  1. Barb says

    First, “funnest” is not a word, so I guess we can add that on to your list of offenses. Ha, ha. Second, it sounds like you are trying to rationalize some (unlisted) behavior of yours. If you broke a law, you broke a law. It sounds as if you are saying that someone has to have all the evidence documented and put down in stone before one can say that you broke a law. Obviously, legally, one can’t be charged with something unless there is evidence, but if you broke the law, and you KNOW you broke the law, then you actually did break the law. Further, it’s not against the law to remove a tag from a pillow you purchased. The law states you can’t remove the tag from the pillow if you are the vendor (seller), before it is purchased by someone. Maybe you’re just grasping at “chutzpah” straws this week? 🙂

    • says

      I couldn’t think of anything I had done that was against the law in the last 13 years. I know boring, huh? I wasn’t actually trying to rationalize anything in fact I was referring to a court case where my tenant said he could stay without paying rent… Did you know it is illegal to evict him? That is according to him… “it is against the law also according to him” It actually cost me thousands to get rid of him. It amazes me what the law allows for on his behalf.. it just seems that those who are not honest end up winning in the end. The court ruled in my favor but what a pain. Thanks for the comment. Have a good day 🙂

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