Created By: JCCyC on March 22, 2010 Last Edited By: Arivne on August 31, 2015
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Word Schmord

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Stock Phrase (or rather, a Stock Phrase Template). A warning or advice for restraint is dismissed scornfully by repeating the word that represents the advice, then the same word with its beginning replaced with "schm". "Safety, schmafety!" "Rules, schmules!"

The Other Wiki tells us there's actually a name for this. It's called Shm-reduplication and it's of Yiddish origin.

Seen It a Million Times, Do We Have This One?, Rolling Updates, yadda yadda yadda.

Examples:

Live-Action TV
  • Fraggle Rock used this in at least one episode. There was a whole string of examples until somebody said "Fraggles, schmaggles," which was apparently the most shocking thing any fraggle could ever say.
  • An episode of Scrubs had JD claiming he could rhyme anything, but did so by repeating whatever the last person said and invoking this trope. Leading to this punchline to a Brick Joke when he annoys Lavern earlier in a scene;
    JD *cheerfully*: Eat schmit and die.
  • The Colbert Report had its "Evolution, Schmevolution" Week.

Newspaper Comics
  • There's a Far Side cartoon with several characters saying some variant of the phrase: Neanderthals Schmeanderthals (mammoths), Indians Schmindians (Custer), Huns Schmuns (castle guards). The caption is History Schmistory.
  • In Zits, Connie reads an article about how the decision making part of the brain isn't fully mature until the early 20s. She then says "Science, schmience" as she decides to punish Jeremy.

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Western Animation
  • Bugs Bunny short Ali Baba Bunny. After collecting a load of treasure, Daffy Duck gets a genie angry by cramming him back inside his lamp.
    Genie: Dog! You have desecrated the Spirit of the Lamp! Prepare to take the consequences!
    Daffy: Consequences schmonsequences... as long as I'm rich.
    Genie: [reduces him to tiny size]
  • Another Merrie Melodies, Hobo Bobo, tells the story of Bobo the baby elephant, who didn't like his job in India - carry logs with his trunk. Eventually he joins a circus in the US where they had performing elephants playing baseball. The Narrator tells us "He is now the official batboy."
    Batboy, shmatboy, I'm still carryin' logs!
  • The Venture Bros. episode "Hate Floats". One of the Monarch's henchmen has a closet full of toys that he proposes to use for the group to battle their way out of a bad situation. At one point he says "Toys, schmoys!"
  • Dale Gribble attempted to do this in one episode of King of the Hill, but he got tripped up trying to say "Mask, Schmask."
Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • March 22, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • March 22, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Would you believe that there's actually a name for this? It's called Shm-reduplication.
  • March 23, 2010
    Arivne
    Merrie Melodies
    • Bugs Bunny short "Ali Baba Bunny". After collecting a load of treasure, Daffy Duck gets a genie angry by cramming him back inside his lamp.
    Genie: Dog! You have desecrated the Spirit of the Lamp! Prepare to take the consequences!
    Daffy: Consequences schmonsequences... as long as I'm rich.
    Genie: [reduces him to tiny size]
  • March 23, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Another Merrie Melodies, "Hobo Bobo," was the story of Bobo the baby elephant, who didn't like his job in India carry logs with his trunk. What With One Thing And Another he joined a circus in the US where they had performing elephants playing baseball. The Narrator tells us "He is now the official batboy."
    Batboy, shmatboy, I'm still carryin' logs! [1]
  • March 23, 2010
    Bisected8
    An episode of Scrubs had JD claiming he could rhyme anything, but did so by repeating whatever the last person said and invoking this trope. Leading to this punchline to a Brick Joke when he annoys Lavern earlier in a scene;
    JD *cheerfully*: Eat schmit and die.
  • March 23, 2010
    karstovich
    If it gets enough examples, you might have a case for making it a subtrope of Yiddish As A Second Language, but it would take a lot of examples.

    And may I suggest Tropes Schmopes?
  • March 23, 2010
    LeeM
    Fraggle Rock used this in at least one episode. There was a whole string of examples until somebody said "Fraggles, schmaggles," which was apparently the most shocking thing any fraggle could ever say.
  • March 24, 2010
    foxley
    In Zits, Connie reads an article about how the decision making part of the brain isn't fully mature until the early 20s. She then says "Science, schmience" as she decides to punish Jeremy.
  • March 11, 2011
    AIR
    I don't know, this may be an overused trope.
  • March 11, 2011
    Rolf
    This would require subtropes of genres or something if its almost literal Seen A Millon times.
  • March 11, 2011
    MorganWick
    Or restricted to subversions, lampshades, and the like.

    Not Tropes Schmopes. "Trope" is not to be used as "X".
  • March 11, 2011
    JCCyC
    How is this less relevant than other Stock Phrases with placeholders like As Many X As There Are Y or Havent You Seen X Before or I Am X Son Of Y or My X Isa Y? Remember, this is a Stock Phrase, not exactly a trope.
  • March 11, 2011
    MorganWick
    The problem is that it's almost People Sit On Chairs-common. (gets pounded by the People Against The Overuse Of People Sit On Chairs)
  • March 11, 2011
    Elle
    The "Ali Baba Bunny" Youtube link has been nuked by the copyright patrol.
  • March 12, 2011
    peccantis
    Word Schmord is great.
  • March 13, 2011
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • The Venture Brothers episode "Hate Floats". One of the Monarch's henchmen has a closet full of toys that he proposes to use for the group to battle their way out of a bad situation. At one point he says "Toys, schmoys!"
  • March 13, 2011
    ProfGuppy
    Dale Gribble attempted to do this in one episode of King Of The Hill, but he got tripped up trying to say "Mask Schmask"
  • March 13, 2011
    EternalSeptember
    ^^^^^ This is not overuse of People Sit On Chairs, it's misuse of People Sit On Chairs. PSOC has nothing to do with tropes that are too common. Many good tropes can be more common than some PSOC-faulty pages.
  • March 13, 2011
    fulltimeD
    The Colbert Report had its "Evolution, Schmevolution" Week.
  • March 16, 2011
    INUH
    ^^To go into more detail, People Sit On Chairs is an observable pattern that is not used in order to convey any meaning.
  • March 16, 2011
    peccantis
    ^ -- but can be closely related to a true trope. We have a number of chair tropes.
  • March 17, 2011
    Arivne
    Updated the "Ali Baba Bunny" example with a new link.
  • March 18, 2011
    Frank75
    "gets pounded by the People Against The Overuse Of People Sit On Chairs"

    PATOOPSOC?

    See also: Joe Shmo(e).

    Also note: In German, "Schnulze" is a term for a work (mostly songs and chick flicks) that's a case of Tear Jerker gone bad with a bit of Tastes Like Diabetes.
  • March 18, 2011
    nrjxll
    As in Glurge? Although is that really an example?

    Joe Shmo/Schmoe/Shmoe/Schmo is probably a valid multiple-media example, though.
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