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Schmooze Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    schmooze n : an informal conversation [syn: chat, confab, confabulation, schmoose] v : talk idly or casually and in a friendly way [syn: shmooze, shmoose, schmoose, jawbone]
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This is a list of English words of Yiddish origin, many of which have entered the English language by way of American English. Spelling of some of these Yiddish language words may be variable (for example, schlep is also seen as shlep, schnoz as shnozz, and so on). Many of these words are more common in the entertainment industry, via vaudeville, the Catskills/Borscht Belt, and Hollywood. Others are more regionally oriented, e.g. in the New York City metropolitan area.

Yiddish is a Germanic language originally spoken by the Jews of Central and later Eastern Europe, written in the Hebrew alphabet, and containing a substantial substratum of words from Hebrew as well as numerous loans from Slavic languages. For that reason, some of the words listed below are in fact of Hebrew or Slavic origin, but have entered English via their Yiddish forms. Since Yiddish is very closely related to modern German, many native Yiddish words have close German cognates; in a few cases it is difficult to tell whether English borrowed a particular word from Yiddish or from German. Since Yiddish was originally written using the Hebrew alphabet, some words have several spellings in the English alphabet. The transliterated spellings of Yiddish words and conventional German spellings are different, but the pronunciations are frequently the same (e.g., shvarts in Yiddish is pronounced the same way as schwarz in German).

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  • Obama’s ‘schmoozing’ to cause travel havoc
    President Obama’s plan to schmooze Wall Street honchos at a Westchester fund-raiser Friday is grounding wealthy weekenders who planned to fly to the Hamptons or Nantucket for the Labor Day... Read more on this news related to 'Schmooze'
  • Obama to schmooze Wall Street honchos at BBQ
    WASHINGTON — Scores of Wall Street financiers will get a chance to bend President Obama’s ear when he heads to the aptly-chosen Purchase, N.Y. for a major fundraiser with one... Read more on this news related to 'Schmooze'
  • Learning the art of the schmooze
    Laurie Glover tries to help companies be more successful. Read more on this news related to 'Schmooze'

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