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Kindle-Schmindle and the Art of Shm-reduplication

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/15/09 (11:09am)

People have written in a couple of times asking about my use of language in the post "Kindle Schmindle".

One person asked me what 'schmindle' meant or whether it's a "yiddish joke". Another praised me for "correct Yiddoshy slang" though they wondered whether the correct version was 'SCHM___' or 'SCHW___'

Since I want to spare myself having to say, 'of course it's a yiddish joke, haven't you ever heard it on tv?, I actually looked the thing up.

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What I Learned Today: Women & Booze in China

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/1/09 (7:38pm)

From the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China:

"Traditionally, women did not drink alcohol. Today most women in China still shun liquor and choose non-alcoholic beverages. However, because business deals in China are closed more often at dinner tables than in meeting rooms, a growing number of enterprises and government agencies require that their public relations officers, mostly young women, develop a great capacity for drinking, much to the chagrin of the public." [Jiu Wenhua, "Wine Culture", Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, v.5, p. 2448]

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Ah, the Good Old Days

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 11/28/08 (5:19pm)

Former assistant Cook County state's attorney Joe Roddy on the changed environment then and now for the Chicago Police Department:

"The difference is this -- when I grew up in the 40s and 50s, if a police officer asked you to get out of the park, you couldn’t get out fast enough. Now, people say, 'F**k you' -- pardon my Irish -- and spit at them...." [Mick Dumke, "The City That Pays Out", Chicago Reader, 11/27/2008]

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