Swagger: Jay-Z has it. Old Spice has it. Rick Perry has a whole mess of it. And now JC Penney spokesman Steve Young, the Pro Football Hall of Famer, can get it for you wholesale.
Should that be “schwagger”?
I’m not surprised to see former Word of the Week swagger continuing its relentless lexical domination. But who knew that Steve Young, a great-great-great-grandson of Mormon pioneer Brigham Young, spoke Yiddish*?
* Schlub (also shlub, zhlub): “an insensitive, ill-mannered person”; “a clumsy, gauche, graceless person”; “an oaf, a yokel, a bumpkin.” From Slavic zhlob: “coarse fellow.” (Source: The Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten.)