[rescue] "bohunks"

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Fri Jun 15 15:15:23 CDT 2001

Well, usage of terms varies from region to region, but it's pretty
demonstrably an (admittedly dated) ethnic epithet along the lines of
"chink" and "sambo". I guess it's managed to hold on to the negative
connotations while drifting away from the original target.

-the PC police

                    Robert Novak                                                                   
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On Fri, 15 Jun 2001, Bill Bradford wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 15, 2001 at 02:55:12PM -0500, CARL.P.HIRSCH at sargentlundy.com
> > Bohunk is an ethnic slur referring to folks of Central European descent
> I always heard it used in conjunction with "redneck", as in
> "bohunk redneck".  At least in Oklahoma.

We used the term in backwaters Indiana to refer to the sort of person
whose applied intelligence was limited to knowing he could beat people up
and take advantage of girls who didn't know any better. At least that's
the explanation that comes to mind. Most of them didn't actually have
furniture rotated from the front lawn to the living room.


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