"bubkes." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com
(17 Feb. 2008).
Main Entry: bub·kes
Variant(s): also bup·kes
Function: noun plural but singular in construction
Etymology: Yiddish bubkes (probably short for kozebubkes, literally, goat droppings), plural of bubke, bobke, diminutive of bub, bob bean, of Slavic origin; akin to Polish bób bean, Ukrainian bob-, bib; akin to Latin faba bean -- more at BEAN
: the least amount : BEANS [won't win bubkes this year -- Ivan Maisel] ; also : NOTHING [received bubkes at nomination time -- Lewis Beale]http://www.answers.com/topic/bupkes
Bupkes (also spelled bubkis, bupkis and bubkes) is Yiddish for "beans," or, figuratively, "nothing, nada, zilch." It is often used to express outrage at having received so little when one should have received so much more. "What did I get? I got bupkes."http://www.byte.com/art/9803/sec13/art2.htm
"Next, we discovered that the MCXpress sound driver seems to have become locked to the RTX's mixer, with the result that it's incapacitated any audio mixing but its own. Thus, we now have no audio-level control not only for Premiere, but anywhere else in the OS either. Various concerned parties are attempting to solve our woes, but so far, bupkis
The candid Tony Snow, the president's new admit-what-he-doesn't-know and confront-what-he-does-know press secretary, said today that he knows nothing about the fate of Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser, as a federal grand jury continues probing the leak of a CIA agent's identity. "Honestly.. as far as I can tell nothing has changed. I don't want to give you a steer on it," Snow told reporters at the White House today. "What I do know is bupkis
In conclusion, Mr. Dvorak calls like it is:
So now how much innovation are we getting in Microsoft's world? Nada. Zip. Zilch. Bupkis
. Microsoft Word will put a squiggly line under a misspelled word, but that "innovation" took about five years to develop.