schmendrick, schmendrik, shmendrick
- jerk, stupid person
- "Tell that shmendrik downstairs to turn down his stereo." (http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/features/community/article_30c668c2-6955-11e1-a649-001871e3ce6c.html)
Languages of Origin
שמענדריק shmendrik, 'fool', named after an idiotic mama's boy character in a Yiddish play by Avrom Goldfaden
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).
Generally used to refer to a hapless, unintentional jerk, rather than someone who is deliberately or stubbornly so (to distinguish from "schmuck")
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