shlep


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(Yiddish) an awkward and stupid person

a tedious or difficult journey

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walk or tramp about

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pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance

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Another organizes weekly pickups from buildings whose residents are willing to donate food but can't take the time to shlep it to the homeless shelter.
SHLEP (the Self-Help Law Express), a Web site that covers unbundling and self-help, calls unbundling "a win-win scenario for lawyers and consumers of legal services." SHLEP noted that new rule changes in the states will clarify ambiguous ethical guidelines and help lawyers reach more clients.
On the home front, she depends heavily on 20-year-old offspring Tim (Khan Chittenden) to shlep her around and shoulder much of the responsibility for minding brother Mark (Richard Wilson), who was brain-damaged at birth (though his dialogue is awfully precocious).
Yiddish speech patterns are seen in such rhyming terms as virus schmirus and Charley Schmarley and in the borrowing of such words as schmooz, nebish, schmaltz, nosh, and shlep. According to Avner Ziv, answering a question with a question comes from the Jewish educational system where children are taught to examine issues from all angles as they speculate and shift back and forth between abstract and concrete while looking for simple answers to complex questions, and vice-versa.
Finally, to understand what New Yorkers are talking about (tawkinabow), any newcomer unfamiliar with Basic Yinglish will need to take a crash course to grasp such classic locutions as shlep (to lug, carry), kvetch (complain, whine), shmuck (a dope, jerk, in Yiddish a penis), shmeer (to spread or a spread), and oy (an untranslatable exclamation that Leo Rosten describes as not a word but a vocabulary).
Having said this, though, I can only admit that the line of text burned into my memory is dialogue from the narrative itself: "Shlep nur aroys fun der fidl yidishe kishkes."
I came from t'other side of Keighley, which takes a bit longer but the shlep was worth it."
As Syrian dissident Radwan Ziadeh, a visiting scholar at George Washington University quoted by Shadid, noted, "It's a message by the Syrian government for Israel and the international community: If you continue the pressure on us, we will ignite the front with Israel." And guess who will be used as the mules to shlep the bombs?