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Friday, August 27, 2010

schlep

\SHLEP\ , verb;
1.
To move slowly, awkwardly, or tediously.
2.
To carry; lug.
Quotes:
"She's definitely worth the wait, the schlep uptown, and I happen to approve of her politics."
-- Wendy Wasserstein, Elements of Style
They are smelly, stubborn and slow. Yet they're still the favoured traditional and novelty mode of transportation on the Greek island of Santorini. They are the famous donkeys that schlep people and cargo from the Old Port to the island's capital of Fira.
-- Steve MacNaull, "Island Hopping," Calgary Herald, July, 2010.
Origin:
Schlep is a Yiddish word with a basis in the German schleifen, "to trudge."
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