One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A consistently unlucky or accident-prone person.
- ‘‘You must give me money,’ insisted the schlimazel.’
- ‘Schlemiel and schlimazel that we are, the power went out, but it fortuitously came back on in just enough time to warm the warm and chill the cold.’
- ‘And a schlemazel (biggest idiot) would do the first two things and end up cutting off his hands in the process.’
- ‘‘If you don't, ‘said the schlimazel, ‘I'll go into the hat business.’’
- ‘Because of its poor reception, it became his own favorite - like parents who among their children favor the schlimazel.’
Yiddish, from Middle High German slim ‘crooked’ + Hebrew mazzāl ‘luck’.
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