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A.Word.A.Day--schlub

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This week's theme: words from Yiddish.

schlub (shlub) noun, also spelled as zhlub or zhlob

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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