shlock

Alternative Spellings

schlak, shlak, schlock

Definitions

  • something cheap or inferior. "A shoddy, cheaply made article." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "That's not a good souvenir, it's just shlock!"

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

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)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

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