Word of the day

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schmooze (verb) – To converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection.

(noun) – The act or an instance of schmoozing.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Schmooze (also spelled shmooze) is one of a small, but significant, number of words borrowed from Yiddish that have become relatively common members of the English language. Other such words include chutzpah, lox, maven, mensch, nebbish, schlep, and schlock. Though classified as a High German language, Yiddish also borrows from the Slavic and Latinate languages as well as from Aramaic and Hebrew. It was the Hebrew shěmu’ōth (“news, rumor”) that provided Yiddish with the noun shmues (“talk”) and the verb shmuesn (“to talk or chat”). Although originally used in English to indicate simply talking in an informal and warm manner, schmooze has since also taken on the suggestion of discussion for the purposes of gaining something.


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