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    In The Land of Laughs there was a scene, the hostess brought a pie for her guests, Thomas saw the hostess wearing a mask, but the others didn't see it. So when he exclaimed, his girlfriend said,

    "Don't overdo it, Thomas, it's only a pie."
    And he replied,
    "Yeah, ha ha, pie-shmy. Very funny."

    Could someone please tell me what shmy means here?

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    Re: pie-shmy

    It doesn't mean anything. It expresses the speaker's contempt for something. I don't understand the scene depicted, so can't help further. (I think it's a particularly Jewish form of wordplay - but maybe just because I remember the punchline of a joke - not the joke itself - set on the road to Damascus: 'Paul Schmaul; my name's Saul already.')


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    Re: pie-shmy

    Eh, I probably haven't described it very well. That scene is from a book of fantasy, Thomas saw another face of the hostess, but the others couldn't; he thought it was merely a mask that she wore, and considered it a superb joke, whereas his girlfriend saw only the hostess bring in a pie for dessert, hence the admonishment.
    Anyway, I get the idea. I always find word play peticularly difficult. Thanks a lot!


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