schmoe, shmo, shmoe
- a fool; a jerk
- He is such a schmoe that he believes everything he reads on the internet.
Languages of Origin
May derive from שמאָק shmok 'schmuck'
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
Joe Schmoe is an 'average person; a nobody'
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