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.’
- ‘Because of its poor reception, it became his own favorite - like parents who among their children favor the schlimazel.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
Yiddish, from Middle High German slim ‘crooked’ + Hebrew mazzāl ‘luck’.
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