schlak, shlak, schlock
- something cheap or inferior. "A shoddy, cheaply made article." (Rosten)
- "That's not a good souvenir, it's just shlock!"
Languages of Origin
perhaps from שלאַק shlak 'stroke, apoplexy; calamity; pest' or שלאָג shlog 'hit, stroke'
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).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
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