Schmendrick (שמענדריק) is Yiddish for a foolish or contemptible person (OED).
In addition, according to Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten, another definition is “an apprentice schlemiel.” 6 more words
It is summer and midday when I take an express train to Warsaw to see the poet Irena Klepfisz in the evening.
I had a brilliant idea to buy a ticket for this train for 50 zł, about 12 euros, one month before its departure date, but I didn’t predict the stale air and heat coming from human bodies and the metal roof under July sun. 1,664 more words