☆ (theidolhands) wrote in 1word1day,


Saturday & Sunday Word: Schlemiel & Schlemazel

schle•miel or shle•miel (ʃləˈmiːl):
origin: (1890–95) Yiddish; shlemil, Hebrew shəlumī'ēl= Shelumiel, a Biblical figure.

A foolish person who always seems to louse things up.

shli·ma·zel or schli·ma·zel (ʃlɪˈmɑ zəl):
origin: (1945–50) Yiddish; shlim= bad (Middle High German slimp= wrong) + mazl= luck

A person seemingly cursed with bad luck and/or poor timing.

Alternatively: The schlemiel always spills the soup and the schlemazel always gets spilled upon.
Tags: german, noun, s, slang, wordsmith: theidolhands, yiddish

  • Sunday Word: Voluptuary

    voluptuary [v uh- luhp-choo-er-ee] noun: a person whose life is devoted to luxury and sensual pleasures adjective: of, relating to, or…

  • Wednesday Word: Alla prima

    Alla prima - noun. If you want to sound sophisticated at an artsy gathering, you may want to brush up on (no pun intended) alla prima works such…

  • Wednesday Word: Columbaria

    Columbaria - noun. A columbarium is usually known as a resting place for urns of the dead, although the word can be used to describe pigeon…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded