1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Schlemiel! Schlimazel! HasenpfefferIncorporated!
If your old like me then you may recall that little chantfrom the opening sequence of the Laverne and Shirley show . . . actually I’mnot dating myself all that much since I only caught the show in syndication. So, nuts to you!
The little ditty is a Yiddish-American hopscotch chant. Okay, that clears that up but what is a schlemieland, for the love of Pete, what in the heck is a Schlimazel??
A schlimazel is the guy who walks past a second floorwindow-ledge and knocks the flower pot off . . . a schlemiel is the guy walkingunderneath.
A schlemiel is a klutz . . . an awkward person. A schlimazel is a born loser. It’skind of a commentary of the type of people that Laverne and Shirley were Iguess because they were always finding themselves in sticky situations andpretty much always down on their luck. LikeLavern and Shirly . . . you can’t have a schlemiel without a schlimazel . . .they go together.
Kind of like rammalamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong. Something like that, anyway.