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schm.. in Yiddish

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
by Gearloose
I wonder, when and what for may shm... (probably yiddish) be used, like in the singsongwriter Nilson Schmilson´s name. Or was it an album of an unknown person? I don´t know. I guess it may be a way to express that Harry Nilson was an unimportant person. Thx from Bavaria.

Re: schm.. in Yiddish

Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:54 am UTC
by Soupspoon
Are you asking about this stereotypical thing?

I don't know much about its Yiddish origins (other than what can be read there), but it's something that tends to indicate Jewish(-American) colloquial English speakers of a certain age and status. In the album name, it seems to be a nodding reference to the practice, but I don't know enough about the material to know the actual thinking involved.

Re: schm.. in Yiddish

Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
by Gearloose
[b]shm-reduplication[/b]! Never thought of that. Thanks so much.