MooT Question Icon
Which word means "dripping lard" in German: schlock or schmaltz?




Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.


A picture of a moot game

The critically-acclaimed board game MooT
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
To join our mailing list and get
free brain-twisting MooT questions sent to you irregularly,
enter your email address and then press submit.

E-Mail address:




Back to home page



Answer: schmaltz

The word schlock derives from the Yiddish shlak, an apoplectic stroke; in English it denotes "trash."

The word schmaltz means " dripping lard" in German and "sentimentality" in English.

Copyright 1998-2009 Blair Arts Ltd. All rights reserved.