Just ask Yiddish national treasure Michael Wex, author of How To Be A Mentsh (And Not A Shmuck) (Harper), a guide to not being a jerk thats out today (Sep. 8).
According to Wex, theres an influx of shmucks living amongst us who are self-involved, think theyre always right, and believe every one of their mothers praises.
This makes them a shmuck, which really, is the mother of all Yiddish insults.
It literally translates into penis, and is the equivalent of being a totally clueless, egotistical douchebag.
Wex says that shmucks always finish last, so everyone should strive to be a mentsh someone with morals, integrity, and compassion instead.
But the shmuck-to-mentsh transformation takes time.
Wex says stopping shmuck behavior isnt easy, but D-bags can start by doing little things like holding the door for a stranger and simply being nicer to others.
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