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nudnik (NOOD-nik) noun

A boring pest.

[From Yiddish nudyen (to bore), from Polish nudzic + -nik (suffix denoting a person associated with a particular quality, group, etc.]

"John Kerry's freefall is so pronounced that even Dana Milbank, the Washington Post nudnik who specializes in needling President Bush on the most picayune details, has tossed Kerry overboard."
Russ Smith; Kerry's Last Stand; New York Press; Dec 9, 2003.

"Alfred E. Neuman, the magazine's red-haired, freckle-faced, dentally challenged mascot, is famous for saying, 'What, me worry?' Alfred, the nudnik who has campaigned for U.S. president since 1956, should be worried."
Tom Hawthorn; 'What, me advertise?': Mad Magazine Has a Legacy of Tweaking the Establishment; Vancouver Sun (Canada); Apr 17, 2001.

This week's theme: words borrowed from Yiddish.


Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; Some blunders and absurdities crept in; Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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