Monday Funday - THE ESSENCE OF CHUTZPAH

Monday Funday - THE ESSENCE OF CHUTZPAH

Chutzpah is a Yiddish word meaning gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, sheer guts plus arrogance; its Yiddish and, as Leo Rosten writes, no other word, and no other language, can do it justice. This example is better than 1,000 words . . .

THE ESSENCE OF CHUTZPAH

A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner for 25 cents each. Every day a young man would leave his office building at lunch time, and as he passed the pretzel stand, he would leave her a quarter, but never take a pretzel.

And this went on for more than 3 years. The two of them never spoke. One day, as the young man passed the old lady's stand and left his quarter as usual, the pretzel lady spoke to him.

"Sir, thank you for your business. You are a good customer, but I have to tell you that the pretzel price has gone up to 35 cents."

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3 years 51 weeks ago, 5:17 PM

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CHUTZPAH

Thank you Mam, but, the doctor has informed me, that I can no longer have pretzels. It's been nice doing business with you. ; )
The gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, sheer guts, you can just kiss my ass!!! Ya old battle AX!!!!!
bitch__________slut______________!!!!! Hope you have more HOTFLASHES!!!!!!!___Bitch.
I got yer .35 cents hangi'n!!!!!
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3 years 51 weeks ago, 5:25 PM

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They say schmuck means this: "Schmuck, a Yiddish word, has a range of meaning depending on context. In its most innocuous use, a schmuck is a person who does a stupid thing, in which case "dumb schmuck" is the appropriate expression.

A schmuck's behavior ranges from pesky and inconsiderate, to obnoxious and manipulative. A schmuck's personality type ranges from jerk to bastard.

Schmucky behavior also falls within a range of intentionality. Some schmucks carefully plan their bad behavior, some only a little, and some not at all. For example, the bastard may spend considerable time planning his bad deeds. In contrast, the dumb schmuck and the pesky behave badly without any forethought."

You can find that definition on the net, but that's not really what schmuck means. There was this schmuck who had a camel and rode it around. Someone asked if he knew if his camel was male or female. He said, yes, he knew the camel was a male. He was asked how he knew. The guy rreplied, "Because everywhere I go someone says, 'Look at the schmuck on that camel'"

That's what schmuck actually means.

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3 years 51 weeks ago, 5:32 PM

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Hey Schuyler, did you check out my 2010 gunslot christmas poem?? You are in it.

3 years 51 weeks ago, 5:37 PM

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Michael Savage uses this word alot!! I didn't know it's true meanin, but knew I didn't wanna be one. Using my own vocabulary, I replaced it correctly.
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3 years 51 weeks ago, 6:09 PM

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But the intricasies of the language fairly shouts for more. I am told by experts, that the derivation, at least partially comes from "schmekle", the base meaning of which was "male sex organ", or in english "penis". The diminutive of the word is "schmekelleh", and if you use the word in the context of anyone male, other than a male infant, you are spoiling for a fight.

Unfortunately, we do not know how schmekle morphed into schmuck. Anatomically, they mean the same. But a schmuck, personality-wise, became, as in english, a pr--k. [also see putz]. And then the behavioral aspects became broadened..
Schmucky behavior is also sometimes described by words like schlemiel and schlemazel. As broadened, "ineptitude" somehow is always in the mix.

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3 years 51 weeks ago, 8:27 AM

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It wasn't that long ago that I thought I posted this definition, as well as the fact that I like "colossal gall" as shorthand for the word.

Chutzpah: ......a murderer of his father and mother, throwing himself on the mercy of the court, on the basis that he is an orphan.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
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