Schmendrick (n)

Schmendrick (שמענדריק) is Yiddish for a foolish or contemptible person (OED).

In addition, according to Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten, another definition is “an apprentice schlemiel.”

For more on schlemiels, see: schlemazel.

Schlemazel (n)

Exists in yinyang conjunction with a schlemiel.

Schlemiel (n): an awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right.


Schlemazel (n) “also schlimazel, “born loser,” 1948, from Yiddish shlim mazel “rotten luck,” from Middle High German slim “crooked” + Hebrew mazzal “luck.” British slang shemozzle “an unhappy plight” (1889) is probably from the same source.”

So if you’re at a baseball game and someone spills a beer on you, he is a schlemiel. You are the schlemazel.  The spiller and the spilled upon.  Neither has grace.  So goes the yinyang of shame.

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