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This week's theme: words from Yiddish.
schmooze, schmoose, or schmoos (shmooz) verb intr.
To chat, especially in order to gain an advantage or to make a social or business connection with an influential person.
A gossipy or ingratiating chat.
[From Yiddish shmues (chat, gossip), from Hebrew shemuah (reports, rumor).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"Of course, there are exclusives in all newspapers that are genuinely a result of hard work by reporters, either through digging or just schmoozing with politicians." Anne Davies; Truth Loses When Only Half the Story Will Do; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Jul 3, 2006.
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be. -Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)
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