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facts schmacts [prefix schm- / shm-]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by dani_, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. dani_ New Member


    I heard this from Homer and I searched it in google and several searchers, but it only appeared in the title of all results. I thought "schmacts" could be german and I tried in google translate, but nothing. If someone could help me.

  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    English - South-East England
    The shm- (schm-) is Yiddish, and we have borrowed from Yiddish the habit of using a repetition where the second word begins with shm-, to indicate contempt or dismissiveness:

    facts, schmacts! ["facts aren't important! who cares about the facts?"]

    It can be applied to anything: German, Schmerman; or Homer, Schmomer, etc. etc.
  3. Cagey non modo mod

    English - US
  4. dani_ New Member

    Thank you.

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