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Archive for December 2013

Call me Schnorrer

The Yiddish word, schnorrer has more than one meaning. It can be used to describe a habitual moocher, someone who never picks up the check, or a low-level jerk, a no-goodnik. However, the first definition in most dictionaries is “beggar.” There are all kinds of schnorrers: panhandlers on the street, the kid who knocks on…

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Nelson Mandela

He was a big talker, the driver who drove my husband and me from the airport in Port Elizabeth, South Africa to an inland game reserve. He told us that he was originally from Zimbabwe but moved to South Africa many years prior when things got bad for whites under the Mugabe regime. We exchanged…

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