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- n. Slang Variant of schlemiel.
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- n. An alternative spelling of schlemiel.
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- n. (Yiddish) a dolt who is a habitual bungler
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It is said that a shlemiel is the guy who buys a suit with two pairs of pants and burns a hole in the coat.
At Merkin Hall he will sing the Yiddish "Rudolph," translated by the Californian klezmer band Kugelplex, about a reindeer who is teased as a shlemiel by his friends for his red shnozz .
The sheer number of names for a useless person, a shlemiel, a shlemazel, a shmendrik, a pisk malocheh, and much worse, all very colorful.
Paul Giamatti plays the protagonist of the title, a Jewish producer of shlock television; his shlemiel persona rivals that of Larry David.
The counterculture, with its relentless emphasis on being right-on and tuned in, was more than the average American shlemiel could sustain.
That's about all the Yiddish this goyim can remember right now, better quit before I come across looking like too much a shlemiel.
Sorry, the only Yiddish I know is “putz” and “shlemiel”.
Now what about hapless Portnoy, the amusing shlemiel on the analyst's couch?
That happens when people start passing around documents as attachments, and making changes to the documents, and nobody keeps track of the changes, and pretty soon there are multiple versions of the document flying around, which some poor shlemiel has to collate together.
Yiddish constructs elaborate linguistic relationships, like shlemiel, an inept bungler, and shmazel, the one who is bungled upon.