schlimazel

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Yiddish שלימזל(shlimazl), from Middle High German slim (crooked) and Hebrew מזל(mazzāl, luck)

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schlimazel (plural schlimazels)

  1. (colloquial, chiefly US) A chronically unlucky person.
    • 1962, Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle, in Four Novels of the 1960s, Library of America 2007, p. 46:
      I must have pressed two buttons at once, he decided; jammed the works and got this schlimazl’s eye view of reality.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 “Words hardest to translate - The list by Today Translations”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 16 August 2010, archived from the original on 25 January 2009