2013-02-09

Super straight arrows

Etymology help required! Which came first, the Yiddish "mensch" to describe a straight arrow, or Nietzsche's "ubermensch"?

What I'm curious about, is that while "ubermensch" is often interpreted as "someone of overwhelming virtue / achievement," I've never read a reference from "ubermensch" to the colloquial Yiddish "mensch". I've never lived in Europe, so my exposure to all this is rather limited.

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