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This week's theme: words from Yiddish.
shtick or schtick or schtik (shtik) noun
1. A performer's routine or gimmick.
2. One's special trait, interest, or talent.
[From Yiddish shtik (pranks, gimmick, routine, literally piece), from German Stück (piece).]
-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
"The trio, whose shtick is to give a 1940s swing treatment to modern hits,
do amazing things to Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights."
A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones. -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, novelist, Nobel laureate (1918- )
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