Re: Word needed.
- --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, krejc@a... wrote:
> We grew up in a very diverse Jewish, Slovak, Polish and Blackneighborhood. a rag was a schmata even though we all knew it was more
Jewish than any other language. we used to have a man ride down
President Street with a horse and buggy (1950's) and he collected
rags and papers. He was the Rag man and the Schmata Man.<
Ours was diverse but primarily Eastern European, Mediterranean and
Jewish. In our Cleveland neighborhood he was known as the "Paypa Rex
Man". We used the Slovak term s^ata for clothes. It may have been
derived from the Yiddish term for rag which is "schmate". I believe
it may be used for common clothing. Ooops. It seems it was derived
from the Polish "szmata".
schmat·te ( P ) Pronunciation Key (shmät) n.
An old or ragged garment.
[Yiddish shmate, from Polish szmata.]
There was a used clothing store near us a few years ago called
Schmatey's to give it a little class like the use of "Tarzhey's" for
- Where on the SW side did you grow up? I lived on the SE side.
>>> BJLK@... 11/7/2004 2:05:18 PM >>>In a message dated 11/1/2004 8:39:33 PM Central Standard Time,
used to have a man ride down President Street with a horse and buggy
(1950's) and he collected rags and papers
When I was growing up on the southwest side of Chicago (30s and 40s),
scores of men like this cruising up and down our alleys. We even knew
paid the best prices, because our mothers saved newspapers for certain
and had us looking out for their horses. A particular favorite had a
pulled by a sweet piebald that loved children's attention. They were
our neighborhood as the "regsa-lies," which is (I think) a corrupted
of their chant that sounded something like "rags and iron." This
some good memories of other horse-and-buggy vendors of fresh fruit and
produce who would pass out free samples to all the kids.
B. J. Licko-Keel (BJLK@...)
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