Schmuck (pejorative)


Schmuck (pejorative)

"Schmuck" is most often used in English as a pejorative or insult, meaning a stupid, foolish or detestable person.

"Schmuck" entered English as a borrowed word from Yiddish, where it is an obscene term literally meaning a foreskin or head of a penis, and an insult. In his famous cultural lexicon, "The Joys of Yiddish", Leo Rosten lists the Yiddish "schmuck" as related to the Slovene word, "šmok", meaning "a fool, an innocent, a gullible dolt".Verify source|date=August 2008

Another closely related word is the Polish "ćmok" or "ćwok", meaning an idiot or a fool.Fact|date=October 2008


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