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Jul 21, 2006
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Words from Yiddish

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yenta
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shtick

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shtick or schtick or schtik

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noun:
1. A performer's routine or gimmick.
2. One's special trait, interest, or talent.

From Yiddish shtik (pranks, gimmick, routine, literally piece), from German Stück (piece).

"The trio, whose shtick is to give a 1940s swing treatment to modern hits, do amazing things to Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights."
Caroline Sullivan; Wireless Festival; The Guardian (London, UK); Jun 26, 2006.

See more usage examples of shtick in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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