Theme – Words borrowed from Yiddish
1. bupkis (BUHP-kis)
noun: Absolutely nothing; worthless.
“Sorry, your stock options are worth bupkis.”
2. schnozzle (SHNOZ-ul)
noun: A nose, especially a large one.
“I sneak one long sideways peek at Philip Roth’s nose: the sort of schnozzle that put the rhino in rhinoplasty.”
3. schmo or schmoe or shmo (shmo)
noun: A stupid, boring, or obnoxious person.
“Just because I work at a bar does not mean I want to date every schmo that walks in here.”
4. pogrom (puh-GROM, POH-gruhm)
noun: An organized massacre, officially tolerated or encouraged, against a particular group.
The word is usually applied to the massacre of Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
“Kyrgyz nationalists unleashed a ferocious pogrom against the Uzbekh minority.”
5. dreck or drek
noun: Rubbish; trash.
“Using boot-sale dreck and found rubbish, Michael Landy has created kinetic, three-dimensional versions of saints portrayed in the National Gallery’s collection.”