Bohunk



  • Bohunk originates as a slang/derogatory term directed specifically at those of Bohemian descent. Bohemians are from the region now known as The Czech Republic.



  • Originally a rather offensive racial slur describing those of Bohemian descent, now bohunk can refer to most any Catholic Slavic immigrant (though its still offensive).



  • In western Canada bohunks are Ukranians



  • a derogative term used in the USA for Hungarians and Czechs. Im Hungarian and it doesnt offend me.



  • My grandfather came here from Bohemia just after 1900. He use that word frequently when I was a kid. Apparently, the term has been in use for a long time.



  • White trash. Originally Eastern-European immigrants from BOhemian (Czech Republic) and HUNGarian.



  • A nasty term of derision for Eastern European Caucasians. Sort of Like Nigger is to African Americans or Canadians.



  • slang term for one from Bohemia.



  • I am of Bohemian heritage and grew up in Milwaukee WI. Lots of Germans in Milwaukee with all the breweries. High born Germans, who owned much of the city, could be very derogatory to the Central European nationalities. Even low born Germans made comments in my neighborhood. We had so many different CEs living on a 6 block parameter, we had to be careful which bar we walked into alone. Pool stick bar fights could break out easy enough. With a bar/tap on pretty much each corner of the blocks, there was no problem claiming one for your own. They had great names too. Not just the factory beer On Tap sign. We would identify them by the nationality and knew others called us the bohunk tap. There was the kraut tap, the polack etc..

    Like other in groups, wed call each other bohunks. That was ok, but if you aint one, youd get pounded. Racist stuff certainly, but back in the day when youve got nothing but dead end blue collar jobs working for the meat packers, tool and die factories or the rough and ready smelting business down in what we called Pig Town, a cold one or 10 each with a sidecar at the end of the day was the way it went. You had to blame someone for your misery.

    Still does, which I why I got out.


 

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