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Schmooze

Postby Slava » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:41 pm

This one belongs with smarmy. Lobbyists, too.

Schmooze up to a Senator.
Schmooze up to your boss.
That smarmy used-car salesman was really trying to schmooze up to my wife to convince me to buy a heap.
Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.
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Re: Schmooze

Postby gailr » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:39 pm

Some people expect to be schmoozed as evidence of 'exceptional customer service'. The more staff they can divert from other tasks (and other clients) to engage in leisurely conversation -- especially when it is obvious that a line is developing and the phones are ringing off the hooks -- the more important they feel and the lighter their step as they leave, reassured of their singular importance.
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Re: Schmooze

Postby Philip Hudson » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:45 pm

Schmooze seems scurrilously sick and slimy.
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Re: Schmooze

Postby gailr » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:13 pm

Sick might be a bit strong.

Schmooze can also be light-hearted and friendly. If we're not busy and there is time for a chat with a client, it can be referred to as a schmooze by either party. An out-of-office appointment with an existing or potential client can be referred to as schmoozing when reviewing the daily calendar. Context is everything.

Merriam Webster wrote:schmooze
intransitive verb
: to converse informally : chat; also : to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections

transitive verb
: to engage in schmoozing with <she schmoozed her professors>
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Re: Schmooze

Postby Philip Hudson » Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:05 am

My little string of alliteration was not about the definition of schmooze. The word just doesn't sound good to me.
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