Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Feb 28 23:35:14 UTC 2000

Larry is right (even without his lexicon). Shmatte is rags, maybe torn clothes.


>At 4:18 PM -0600 2/28/00, Tom Kysilko wrote:
>>Andrea wrote:
>>> For a pejorative Yiddish term for cheap
>>>trinkets/souvenirs/gee-gaws, I would use "schlock".
>>There's also "shmatte".  The word is probably not so well-known as schlock,
>>but it was put by the writers of M*A*S*H (the TV show) into the mouth of
>>Hawkeye Pierce in one episode.
>Isn't "shmatte" more like 'rags', i.e. for clothes in not particularly mint
>Larry (with no Yiddish dictionary handy, forced to rely on his somewhat
>meager passive competence)

Dennis R. Preston
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