The song ends up a hit, and the schlemiel has done it again.
Based on the leaked reports, he said, “a schlemiel could have done this.”
Do you call an ineffectual, hapless person a schlemiel, a shlemel, a shlemyel, or a schlemeyel?
Ever since Gifkin leaves us, y'understand, we got in our cutting room one schlemiel after another.
"awkward, clumsy person," 1868, from Yiddish shlemiel "bungler," from main character in A. von Chamisso's German fable "The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl" (1813), probably from Biblical name Shelumiel (Num. i:6), chief of the tribe of Simeon, identified with the Simeonite prince Zimri ben Salu, who was killed while committing adultery. (cf. schlemazel).
A stupid person; fool; oaf; esp, a naive person often victimized: Don't talk like a schlemiel, you schlemiel/ playing the lovable schlemiel to Brooklyn Jews
[1892+; fr Yiddish shlemiel, probably fr the name of the main character in A von Chamisso's German fable The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl, 1813]