From the beloved Overheard site:
Little boy leaving temple: Schmuck, schmuck, schmuck!
Little boy: What? It’s a new word I learned in Jew school today!
Mother: Hebrew school!
Little boy, in a whisper: Schmuck…
–87th & Madison
P.S.: The German word “Schmuck” means “jewellery”. I’ll leave that uncommented. 🙂
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It gets even better. There is a German ME correspondent whose name is ‘Putz’. And her articles proove that her name can’t be just a coincidence:
Spiegel’s ME reporting is biased to say the least. There’s a word “putzen” in German though which means “clean” and “putzig” as in “adorable”.
And somewhere in Israel’s National Insurance Institute, there’s a clerk named Rivka Luzer.
I kid you not.
i think i can one up that.
as i drove by a Jewish book store in atlanta, i noticed a big sign advertising “Randy Beavers.”
imagine my disappointment when i realized it was actually the name of a state farm insurance agent. 🙁
i know you believe me but just so you know i’m not making it up, click on this page and scroll down:
Schmuck has made it into Israeli slang as a direct translation of the original German – calling someone a “tachshit” is roughly the same as schmuck or prick.
Shy Guy, what does she pronounce her name like? There’s a Middle English word “lazer”, which refers to a person suffering from leprosy.
She pronounces it “Loser”. In Hebrew: ×œ×•×–×¨
Last night Israel’s CH1 showed a 2005 Law & Order episode where the main criminal’s name was Johnny Zona. 🙂
Now here’s an appropriate news item.
For some reason I’m not surprised he’s Texan…
I knew Jewschool was good for something…
It’s ok, I won’t take it personally. 🙂