Thursday, April 17, 2008

Laverne and Shirley

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Schlemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated.
We're gonna do it!

Remember the theme song? I always thought that schlemeel and schlemazel were made-up, nonsense words used for their phonetic oomph. The words did add a cool sound to the chorus.

In actuality, schlemeel and schlemazel (or schlemiel and schlimazel) are both words with Yiddish origins. They are synonymous nouns defined as an unlucky person.

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