shlemiel


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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.

shlemiel

verb
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There has been a reintroduction of shlemiel literature into the Hebrew province, and through his bloodshot, bespectacled eyes, we can see how Zionism's utopian vision has capitulated to a more syncretic panorama.
In Shlemiel, the tale of a man (Larry Block) who commits adultery with his own wife, folly shows its power to raise a fresher and more beautiful world by not being smart enough to know that all we have is this one.
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Though oysgegrinte did not survive, such is not the case for shlemiel, shlemazl, yente, klutz, shmendrik, krechtser, kibitzer, kvetsh, noodge, nudnik, shleper, nokhshleper, khokhm, knaker, and gantser knaker, just to name a few human types whose Yiddish name tags are not unfamiliar to us.
A kind of Forrest Gump in earlocks, Shlemiel is sent by the town's resident sage, Gronam Ox (Charles Levin), on a pilgrimage to spread the questionable wisdom of his elders.
Leo Rosten, the writer, scholar and language maven who introduced millions of Americans to the deep lexical pleasures of chutzpah and shlemiel and kibitz and nosh, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan.