The good news is that if I actually wanted to test this theory, Israeli film critic Yair Raveh has posted a great "Silky Smooth Dictionary to Zohanisms," at his blog Cinemascope, and it's a great demonstration of how minor works can inspire major scholarship. Raveh's glossary provides detailed notes on the etymology and cultural history behind a number of phrases casually tossed off during You Don't Mess With the Zohan, including "yofi-tofi" (slang for "hunky dory"), "Imma" (Hebrew for "mother") and even "Fizzy Bubbelech" (invented, according to Raveh, who then gives a brief, brisk product history of orange soda in Israel during the '70s and '80s that may have inspired "Fizzy Bubbelech"). The bad news is that if I actually wanted to test this theory, I'd actually have to see You Don't Mess With the Zohan again ... something I (and, judging by the film's second-week 57.5% drop-off at the box office, many other people, also) have no intention of ever doing.
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