Pronounced: GAR-boil, noun

Notes: I almost didn’t use this word; it’s not one I would encourage people to learn (more tomorrow)

Yesterday’s word

The word schmatte refers to

  • a rag
  • an old, ragged article of clothing
  • Any garment
First usage

This word came into English in the 1970s

Background / Comments

Another word that came to us from the Yiddish word schmatte, which came from the Polish word szmata (rag). I assume that definition #1 is the original; since we call old clothes “rags”, that brought about definition #2. I assume definition #3 was just a broadening of the #2 definition. Likewise, I assume that the alternate spelling (shmatte) came about to more closely represent the pronunciation.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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