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The Yiddish term khoyzek refers a "mockery" of something else. According to Dov Sadan (cited here) this word derives from Khoyzek a demon in Jewish folklore. I looked high and low and could not find any evidence of a demon name Khoyzek in any Jewish (or even non-Jewish sources). Does anybody know of any sources which mention such a demon?

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    Maybe it appears in A Treasury of Jewish Folklore? Or some other such book?
    – Harel13
    Oct 20 '20 at 20:35
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    Perhaps this is something: books.google.co.il/… Or this (same book): books.google.co.il/…
    – Harel13
    Oct 20 '20 at 20:46
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    If it's only found in Yidish, but not in standard Hebrew as well, then it might have a German origin, such as, say, kotze(n), meaning (to) puke.
    – Lucian
    Oct 21 '20 at 9:33
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    There is Middle High German hoschen - to mock
    – Joel K
    Oct 21 '20 at 10:51
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    כויזעק indeed means mockery in Yiddish
    – ezra
    Oct 22 '20 at 0:49

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