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schmaltz (shmahlts) noun, also schmalz
1. Exaggerated sentimentality, especially in art, music, movies, etc.
2. Fat or grease, especially chicken fat.
[From Yiddish shmalts (rendered fat, sentimentality), from Middle High German smalz. Ultimately from the same Indo-European root mel- (soft), which gave us malt, melt, mollify, smelt, and enamel.]
"McCartney's piano playing is Vegas-lounge schmaltz."
"Don't worry, Miracle (on 34th Street) fans. The schmaltz has been left
intact. The new version isn't better than the original or even as good,
but it's awfully entertaining -- for those of us who like that sort of
This week's theme: Words borrowed from Yiddish
I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on. -Oscar Levant, composer (1906-1972)