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  • The schlemiel (clumsy person) spills soup on the schlimazl (unlucky person) and the nebbish (loser) has to clean it up.

    Judaism 2008

  • Hapless doesn’t work because it’s only an adjective and schlimazl can be used as a noun.

    A Shlimazl ain’t no ne’er-do-well 2004

  • Why wouldn’t you just use the English word “unfortunate” as a noun to translate schlimazl?

    A Shlimazl ain’t no ne’er-do-well 2004


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    July 19, 2012