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November 09, 2003

The Pantywaist Problem

First of all, for those of you who have sniffed at Evelyn Wood because you read like a demon, digest Winston Smith, the Philosoraptor as he humorously masticates Kim DuToit's renowned rant and spits him into a corner.

Second, check out my battle over Affirmative Action at Discriminations in which I get riled but spare my verbs.

For those of you without the inclination nor the time, perhaps you could tell me the perfect Yiddish world for the opposite of a mensch. These are the people who are mucking up our society with their high-pitched grumbling. What's more, they think they have the moral high ground and the irony of that, not to mention the sqealing noise, is really starting to annoy those of us who know better.

My solution for a great deal of this is A Punch in the Nose which is why I have that category here in the blog. As I come across more examples of this problem, I will propagate them into that area. You heard it here first.

Posted by mbowen at November 9, 2003 02:52 PM

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My impression (based mostly on lots of Woody Allen movies) is that the opposite of a mensch is a schmuck.

Posted by: Elton Beard at November 9, 2003 09:38 PM

Actually putz would be closer than schmuck. Both refer to the same bit of anatomy, but correspond in insult value roughly to dick and prick respectively.

Posted by: triticale at November 14, 2003 05:39 PM

A putz is dumber than a schmuck. But I'm thinking maybe nudnick is what I'm after. Somebody also suggested nishgutkiet, but I think that's more syllables than they deserve.

Posted by: Cobb at November 14, 2003 09:54 PM