Today's Word of the Day means...
"A shlemiel is the fellow who climbs to the top of a ladder with a bucket of paint and then drops it. A shimazl is the fellow on whose head the bucket falls." [Rep. Stephen J. Solarz (D.-N.Y.), 1986]
An awkward, unfortunate, maladjusted person; sad sack
[1940s+, but probably earlier; fr Yiddish shlimazel fr shlim mazel, ''rotten luck''; British slang shemozzle, shlemozzle, ''a muddle, an unhappy plight,'' is found by 1889 and is probably related]