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schlemiel

and schlemihl and shlemiel (ʃləˈmil)
n. a gullible person; a loser. (From Hebrew Shelumiel via Yiddish.) See if you can get that schlemiel to buy the Brooklyn Bridge.
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With his humorous, loser, and classic underdog schlemiel persona, he managed to safely raise sociocultural, sexual, and political consciousness by projecting a less threatening image than would have otherwise been the case with a more flamboyant, forceful, and demanding political activist.
Sanford Pinsker in The Schlemiel as Metaphor regards Cohn as a "whiner par excellence" (40).
Il libro, che fornisce anche un'ampia documentazione con numerose note di approfondimento e una vasta bibliografia, mette in luce sia i fragili modelli sociali sia le contraddizioni fra il mito del latin lover e i caratteri fragili e ambivalenti, sottolineando nella sua analisi socio-culturale che "on screen, Marcello Mastroianni's characters epitomize the instability of Italian masculinity through the cultural configuration of the Italian schlemiel or anti-hero" (6), ovvero le diverse rappresentazioni della figura dell'inetto messe splendidamente in luce da Mastroianni nei suoi vari caratteri esemplari in cinque decenni di cinema italiano.
I'm not a member of MENSA, but I have been called a mensch by a Jewish friend who may or may not be a schlemiel or a schlamazel.
a perfect fusion of the classic schlemiel with the Main Street American" (213).
Or Frededrick Buechner's: "The point of the Unjust Servant is that it's better to be a resourceful rascal than a saintly schlemiel
Irving Howe is perhaps easiest on Anse in terming him an example of the "universal comic type, the tyrannically inept schlemiel whose bumbling is so unrelieved and sloth so unalloyed that he ends by evoking an impatient and irritated sympathy.
Cyril Prothero, a fragile-minded but really lovable schlemiel and clerk at Planet Records in Boston, comes across a zincless-middled penny minted in Arizona and then a barcode on a CD that invades his body with a flood of unwanted information when he touches it .
Indeed, his name derives from the Yiddish expression for "little man," and through much of the film Kleinman acts like the helpless schlemiel of Jewish humor, who is impotent before the overwhelming forces that assail him.
At once sad and hilarious, "light" and deep, critical and touching, Frumoasele straine is the three-part countersaga of the famous Romanian writer as twenty-first-century world schlemiel.
In 1976, Xu began researching Jewish American history and culture, translating works of Norman Mailer, Clifford Odets and others into Chinese and publishing articles such as "Jewish Humor" and "The Image of the Schlemiel in Jewish Literature," in which he likens the schlemiel to the wise fool in Chinese literature.
He is the author of many books on literature including The Schlemiel as Metaphor: Studies in the Yiddish and American Jewish Novel.
But I don't know what actor would be willing to play Koch, who comes across here as a schlemiel twirled like a top and bound fast by the silken hawsers Ashbery spins.
Because he is something of a schlemiel, students empathize with him as he encounters one oddity after another, and through his commentary on the action he anticipates and justifies their own uncertain responses to unfolding events.
I can see some readers smiling," Lutts said, "and saying, 'If the poor schlemiel is this desperate.