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Jul 20, 2006
This week's theme
Words from Yiddish

This week's words
yenta
schmooze
maven
schlub
shtick

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schlub

Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio (shlub) also spelled as zhlub or zhlob

noun: A clumsy oaf.

From Yiddish, from Polish zhlob (blockhead, trough, manger).

"This is the comedy of the schlub on the barstool who wonders when it all went wrong."
Allan Brown; The Joke's Wearing a Bit Thin; The Sunday Times (London, UK); Jun 18, 2006.

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