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A.Word.A.Day--schmendrik

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This week's theme: eponyms.

schmendrik (SHMEN-drik) noun, also shmendrik, schmendrick, shmendrick

A foolish, clueless, and naive person.

[After the name of the title character in an operetta by Abraham Goldfaden (1840-1908).]

"With his nasal whine and ill-fitting, slush-sprayed suit, comedian Eugene Levy played the sort of obnoxious schmendrik that would prove his trademark."
Guy Leshinski; The Importance of Being Eugene; Toronto Life (Canada); Nov 2002.

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