In Hebrew, a kartzia is a tick, as in the fat, round, blood-sucking parasite. It is used to describe someone who is annoying, or bugging someone else. It is often preceded by the ubiquitous Eizeh – “What a…,” or Al ti’hiye/Al ti’hiyi – “Don’t be a…(masculine/feminine)” or Ya (slang for “you”).
- C’mon! Let’s go to the movies. Why won’t you go with me? I ask you every weekend and you won’t go.
Leave me alone, ya kartzia! I don’t like movies, and I don’t like you.
- Please, please can I come into your room?
Al ti’hiyi kartzia! I want to be alone with my friends, and we don’t need any little sisters around.
- Here, just try it. You’ll like it.
Kartzia…(said under one’s breath.)
- Eizeh kartzia! He won’t stop tailgating me!