Schmuck, a Yiddish word, has a range of meaning depending on context. In its most innocuous use, a schmuck is a person who does a stupid thing, in which case “dumb schmuck” is the appropriate expression.
A schmuck’s behavior ranges from pesky and inconsiderate, to obnoxious and manipulative. A schmuck’s personality type ranges from jerk to bastard.
Schmucky behaviour also falls within a range of intentionality. Some schmucks carefully plan their bad behavior, some only a little, and some not at all. For example, the bastard may spend considerable time planning his bad deeds. In contrast, the dumb schmuck and the pesky behave badly without any forethought.
A gorgeous new friend of mine shared with me the above definition whilst I was struggling with a certain few schmucks who shall remain nameless. It caused me to chuckle loudly, and then snicker quietly. And it continues to do so (as I sit here typing with a little smile on my dial).
According to the above definition, the schmucks in question cover the entire range of schmuck, so I am one very lucky girl indeed!
In case you too ever have to deal with someone schmucky, I have happened upon a really good tonic. It’s called wine. Wine makes everything better. At the moment I’m pondering my choice of wine for the evening and I’m thinking bubbles…yes, that will top of my week nicely! Bubbles solves everything.