Oy!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb

Anyone who’s ever had to work on any project with me for longer than an hour knows that I will eventually start referring to every bit of garbage around as “schmutz.” The extra bits in the code that need to be cleaned out? Schmutz. The sawdust that needs to be swept up before I can paint the baseboards? Schmutz. The stuff that needs to be wiped off the counter? You guessed it — schmutz. It’s just the perfect word for what it describes. You can’t do better.

So this makes me smile. Right on, Rabbi.

4 Comments to Oy!

Dad
7/6/2005

There is a curved pet brush called the Universal Slicker. There are instructions on the box for optimum use (the curvature scares some people off). It says that it can also be used on furniture to remove “felt and dirt”. The instructions are also printed in German. Yup – you guessed it. “Filz und schmutz”.

jonmc
7/6/2005

In one Kinky Friedman novel a woman refers to cocaine as “schmutz.”
No foolin’.

Jay
7/7/2005

I love a lot of Jewish (or at least Jewish sounding) words… they just enliven the item or action they describe. In addition to being descriptive, dirt grime and mess just sound like “schmutz”.

drew
7/7/2005

I have a co-worker who pronounces it “smuts”. My ears will stop bleeding one of these days…

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