Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 23:11:56 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Mea culpa: schlubby it is.
My thanks to Seth Sklarey for coming up with a quote from Leo Rosten "The
Joys of Yiddish", which clearly identifies the source of the word in zhlob .
Also to E.W. Gilman, for correcting my erroneous recollection of "schluppy"
(a lesson to check my sources!) as properly schlubby .
A couple of questions for E. W. Gilman: what are the earliest citations
on this, and is there a possibility that zhlob could be the source of slob
rather than the putative Irish source in slab "mud"? I infer from the
meanings of zhlob that schlubby means essentially someone who is a slob.
Would this be a valid guess?
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)