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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, is reported to have said, "I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men and German to my horse." One wonders how he would have completed, "and Yiddish to..." A language full of wit and charm, Yiddish embodies deep appreciation of human behavior in all its colorful manifestations. This week we'll look at a few Yiddishisms that have enriched the English language. Add these words from Yiddish to bring a little tang to your conversation.
adjective: Cheap, inferior, or shoddy.
noun: Something that is of inferior quality; junk.
[From Yiddish shlak (evil, nuisance). Also see schlockmeister.]
"Some may feel that celebrity boxing is a repugnant modern phenomenon,
a sign that a new wave of schlock culture is rolling over us as Jimmy
Ormond's midriff does his waistband. Nothing could be further from the
truth. US celebrities have a noble and vigorous tradition of hitting
"Media Watch presenter Paul Barry says far too much current affairs TV
is just schlock and garbage."
Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. -Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate (1875-1965)