American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Something, such as merchandise or literature, that is inferior or shoddy.
- adj. Of inferior quality; cheap or shoddy.
- n. Commodity that is shoddy or inferior.
- n. Tasteless comedy horror movies or theatre designed to shock people.
- n. merchandise that is shoddy or inferior
- From Yiddish שלאַק (shlak), related to German Schlacke/Schlag. (Wiktionary)
- Possibly from Yiddish shlak, apoplexy, stroke, wretch, evil, nuisance, from Middle High German slag, slak, stroke, from slahen, to strike, from Old High German slahan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The most apropos description of this cycle of inherent decrepitude is perhaps the Yiddish word schlock, meaning something "cheap, shoddy, or inferior.”
“LOL @ film snobs stumbling over themselves to completely dismiss it and come up with more and more obscure indie/arthouse schlock from the aughts.”
“Sam Raimi has shown in previous films that he always knows better than to take his movies 'subject matter too seriously, and he continues the tradition here, though some of the schlock is too blatant.”
“Although I like his use of the word schlock house.”
“Brooks fancies himself a sociologist/psychologist and his pop schlock is all angst and anxiety.”
“Blending what I read on the web and then TiVO’ing through the schlock is the way I enjoy it.”
“Too bad this movie couldn’t have been made in England like the Harry Potter movies to avoid all the schlock from the fashion and Hollywood communities.”
“I only wish we had more outlets for this type of film these days made by the same kind of schlock-meisters and starving creators with often bizarre ideas who made the originals.”
“I want to offer up the full text of the email just to shed light on the whole narcissism smear, to show what kind of schlock underpins it.”
“You expect this kind of schlock in January, but "Season of the Witch" isn't even bad in an enjoyable way.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘schlock’.
There are a few short lists of Yiddish words, but none appropriate to the glory of the language, and none that are open. Thought I'd start one, and would love contributions. I'm tagging as I go, an...
Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
Inspired by fbharjo (see spitchcock).
Words you love saying because they feel and sound so good!
(Not to be conflated with words you love saying because they are onomatopoeic, I have another list for that)
No true synonyms, no other word will do.
My Favorite Words
don't use a long word when a short one will do
such rascally fun
Looking for tweets for schlock.