schmalz

[ US /ˈʃmɔɫz/ ]
NOUN
  1. (Yiddish) excessive sentimentality in art or music
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How To Use schmalz In A Sentence

  • He waves me off as I start to help him downstage for his big finale—”Maketh Someone Happie”—a schmalzy tune, sure, but one that allows him to leave the stage without a dry eye or a full wallet in the house. At the Juvenile Bubonic Plague Telethon
  • While _Nau_ (1791), in his “Ersten Linien der C.,” treats only of the branches of private economy, _Schmalz_, (1797) treats also of national or public economy, and _Rössig_ (1792) divides cameralistic science into the doctrine of the public demesne and regal rights (cameralistic science in the narrower sense), and the doctrine of taxation and police. System der volkswirthschaft. English
  • Take one of my favourite films, It's a Wonderful Life - it is, without doubt, a great if schmalzy movie, but, to be brutally honest it's a bit slow in places. Archive 2009-03-01
  • It was still quite schmalzy, but there was one passage which I thought was excellent. Archive 2004-09-01
  • * Linguistic aside: in German, earwax is called "Ohrenschmalz" which literally translates into "ear-lard" - giving a much better idea about the consistency of the stuff. Book talk - Mary C. Beaudry: Findings
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