schlimazel


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schli·ma·zel

also shli·ma·zel  (shlĭ-mä′zəl)
n. Slang
An extremely unlucky or inept person; a habitual failure.

[Yiddish shlimazl, bad luck, unlucky person : Middle High German slimp, wrong + Yiddish mazl, luck (from Late Hebrew mazzāl; see mazel tov).]
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schlimazel

(ʃlɪˈmɑːzəl)
n
slang a person with no luck, someone who tends to do everything wrong
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schli•ma•zel

or shli•ma•zel

(ʃlɪˈmɑ zəl)

n. Slang.
an inept person who suffers from unremitting bad luck.
[1945–50; < Yiddish, =shlim bad (compare Middle High German slimp wrong) + mazl luck]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.schlimazel - (Yiddish) a very unlucky or inept person who fails at everything
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
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For example, Dauber sources the archetype of the schlimazel--the Yiddish word for an "avatar of Jewish misfortune," whose "only power, is the right to complain"-to medieval Spain, where the scholar Abraham ibn Ezra bemoaned that if he were to " undertake to sell candles, the sun would never set." A direct line is drawn between ibn Ezra's laments and those of modern "schlimazel par excellence" George Costanza.
As his boss says, he is a schlimazel, and Lustig as a comedian plays that role well.
The historical Jewish losers--the schlemiel (unintentional perpetrator of wrongdoing) and the schlimazel (unlucky recipient of wrongdoing) of European Yiddish humor--found few counterparts in the American nineteenth-century age of manifest destiny and an early twentieth-century age of empowered masculinity.
The traditional Jewish losers--the "schlemiel" (unintentional perpetrator of wrongdoing) and the "schlimazel" (unlucky recipient of wrongdoing) of European Yiddish humor--found few counterparts in the American nineteenth-century age of manifest destiny and early twentieth-century age of empowered masculinity.