Do you remember the main characters of the Laverne and Shirley Show singing their opening theme song? It went, "Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!" According to some sources, it comes from a Yiddish American Hopscotch rhyme. Below you can hear the theme song…
Here’s the full hopscotch chant:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
A Schlemiel is a klutz, an inept person, a bungler. Everything always goes wrong for a schlemiel. A Schlimazel is someone who has bad luck. Think about it: Mazel = Luck (think Mazel Tov), so Schlimazel = Bad Luck. Hasenpfeffer is a German rabbit stew.
The idea of the schlemiel spilling soup on the schlimazel is a common way of explaining the difference between them. You can hear someone explaining the difference between Schlemiel and Schlimazel in the video below…
If anyone knows anything about this rhyme, or if you remember chanting it, please let us know in the comments below.
Thank you dahling!
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