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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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Repeatedly, schlemiels or sad sacks of every type have been marooned in sinister milieus where they can and sometimes do get killed.
Wander's book is, among other things, a series of travelogues by a professional photographer, journalist, and draftsman, a discerning observer, a sensitive voyeur and flaneur in several countries, and a world traveler who does not hesitate to express his solidarity with homeless outsiders and schlemiels everywhere.
We therefore can't report on the degree to which schmuck has worked its way into legal English, which is too bad, because schmuck are even more common in courtrooms than schlemiels, schmoozing, and chutzpah.
9) Woody Allen's characters have always struck us more as nebbishes than schlemiels.
As a result, Katz never reached the mass popularity and commercial success of all those other Jewish men--the stand-up shpielers, the variety show ringleaders, the bumbling schlemiels, the postminstrel toastmasters, the violin-playing Everymen--who would one day be his bridge partners at the Friar's Club.
Judging by his disgust at a Jewish singer who "could not pronounce English words" and who "sang through his nose," we can only imagine what his reaction would have been to the sound of Katz's Yinglish transformations of Rossini's The Barber of Seville into the klezmer pop opera of "The Barber of Schlemiel," Bizet's Carmen into the tragic Jewish heroine "Carmen Katz," and the patriotic national march of "Bugle Call Rag" into the deli counter klezmer jazz clowning of "Bagel Call Rag.