Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) was speaking to the New York Post’s Fred Dicker when he made the observation, which sounded slightly odd considering that Ford had just finished saying he was the victim of a political "schmear" campaign.
"I think schmear is something you put on a bagel," Dicker corrected the likely Senate hopeful.
"I'm a little country,” Ford
replied. “I apologize...it's "smear", s-m-e-a-r," he spelled out, adding, "Y'all
The same could be said of Ford, whose Tennessee accent sounded at odds with Dicker's Northeastern staccato.According to the Urban Food Dictionary, a schmear is Yiddish slang for a dab of something spread on bread, most often used to describe cream cheese on bagels.