Monday, March 31, 2008

Shlemiel, Shlimazel

Who knew that these were real words with real meanings? Not me. I remember them from Laverne and Shirley show that was on in the 70s. I thought they were nonsense words. Come to find out that they are Yiddish.

Here are the definitions:


shlemiel
A clumsy, inept person, similar to a klutz (also a Yiddish word). The kind of person who always spills his soup.

shlimazel
Someone with constant bad luck. When the shlemiel spills his soup, he probably spills it on the shlimazel.


I am not sure which one was Laverne and which was Shirley. Shirley had pretty good luck. Carmine was a cutie. So maybe she was the shlimazel. And though the girls used a great amount of physical comedy, I remember it being Laverne ending up more than not upside down with her panties showing. Which would make her the shlemiel. But she also had milk and coke dumped over her head more than once... hmmmm.

How do you remember it?

4 comments:

Elysa said...

I had no idea those were real words! WHO KNEW?

I loved that show growing up. :D

Coffee Bean said...

That is hilarious! I must have split personality because I am a shlemiel and a shlimazel. AND a klutz.

Elysa said...

But you're an adorable "all of those things", Miss Coffee Bean! ;)

BTW, Steph...David is going to be down on the coast for a week with Granperry and Nana Rose. I know he'd love to see y'all sometime!

Karen Deborah said...

umm good vocabulary lesson. Shirley is on the left and Laverne is on the right.