Shmendrik

Shmendrik, oder Die komishe Chaseneh (Schmendrik or The Comical Wedding) is an 1877 comedy by Abraham Goldfaden, one of the earliest and most enduring pieces in Yiddish theater. The title role of Shmendrik was originally written for the young Sigmund Mogulesko, and derived from a character Mogulesko did when auditioning for Goldfaden earlier that ...
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shmendrik

[English words of Yiddish origin] a foolish or contemptible person (from a character in an operetta by Abraham Goldfaden)
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