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I can tell you with authority that a MENSCH is only applicable to a man; It refers to the ultimate honor or integrity - the greatest potential a Jewish man can attain. There are no synonyms for this adjective. James Patterson may be a bestselling novelist, but no maven is he in yidlinguistics.
I wonder if there is any correlation between MENSCH and MENSA.

On a similar note, all SCHMUCKS are men (not the other way around).
"Exempla sunt odiosa."
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