Today, a clue for 21-across in the NY Times crossword puzzle is "the creator of "Shrek!" . Shrek is a character created by William Steig (1907-2003) in his children's book with an eponymous (From Ancient Greek ἐπώνυμος (epōnumos) from ἐπί (epi), “‘upon’”) + ὄνυμα (onuma), Aeolic variant of ὄνομα (onoma), “‘name’”) title. Shrek is an ogre.
The name "Shrek" is derived from the German and Yiddish word "Schreck"/"Shreck", literally meaning "fear, terror. There are several Yiddish words of German origin ending -eck. A famous one is dreck meaning crap or worthless. Leck, shmeck - (Done superficially (lick, smell)). In Yiddish, endings like -ek or -ik (which may not be of German origin) can be used as suffixes to make nouns from adjectives (and also vice versa From Latin "the other way around", "conversely" ) similar to the English use of -ly. (From Old English -līċ, from Proto-Germanic *-līko- (“‘having the body or form of’”), from *līkom (“‘body’”) (whence lich). Cognate with Dutch -lijk, German -lich and Swedish -lig.).
An example is milkhik (milky), nudnik: a pest, (from Polish nudne, boring) zaftig or zaftik - plump (from saft-ig , juice- y) . That's today's world play. :)
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