Nothing to do with it's usage in Leonard, but schmalz is chicken fat. Mmm. Tasty on bread.
From: Jack Bludis <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2009 11:49:51 AM
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Chickenfat? Elmore Leonard
John Lau said:
>where I come from, chickenshit = petty.<
Yes, I agree. Patrick's "Petty Cowardice" is one word too many.
> and bullshit = bogus<
That simplifies it too much. Patrick's long definition is OK. Bullshit comes in too many shades from black to yellow to be defined in a few words.
Now the local (or is it universal) Horseshit = bogus.
As for agreeing with Jim.
Hell, I won't quibble over words that have no real importance here.
And, I have never heard chickenfat either. I don't know how Elmore Leonard used it in context, but I can imagine someone's Aunt Sadie using "Chickenfat" so that she does not have to use the other word or words.
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