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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 10th February 2025
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schmaltz (noun) SHMALTS

Cloying, exagerrated sentimentality.

Looking for a coming-of-age film that doesn't make you gag on cliche and schmaltz?

Unattributed, The Observer, 16 March 2008. Observer

This is a well-plotted, unexpectedly twisting saga which just about manages to avoid mawkishness and schmaltz.

Catherine Taylor, The Guardian, 5 January 2008. Guardian
reviewing Kaui Hart Hemmings' The Descendants. Amazon

This noxious blend of political zeal and sentimental schmaltz was epitomised several years ago when Michael Barrymore threw off his wedding ring in a gay club, to the cheers of assembled young men.

Aidan Rankin, Spectator, 25 May 2002. Spectator

Schmaltz — what my piano teacher, with some desperation, used to urge me to put into my playing — is something that Bill Clinton just oozes. But Hillary doesn’t.

Judith Warner, The New York Times, 14 March 2007. New York Times

Sebold is as unsparing in the grisly details - a discarded elbow, bloodstains and saliva - as she is on the schmaltz.

Lisa Allardice, New Statesman, 19 August 2002, New Statesman
reviewing Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. Amazon

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