Of Noodge and Nudge, of Slob and Schlub

A look at the phenomenon by which Yiddish words become English words under the influence of other, similar-sounding English words.

The schlub-comedian Adam Sandler in Los Angeles in August 2016. BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images.

The schlub-comedian Adam Sandler in Los Angeles in August 2016. BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images.

Observation
May 10 2017
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