shmonzes, shmontses, shmontzes
- small pieces of valueless decorative bric-a-brac
- idle talk
- Is there one table in here not covered with schmonzes?
Languages of Origin
שמאָנצעס shmontses 'nonsense'
Who Uses This
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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