So what do you call a bunch of Polish people then...? I have heard on tv Polish people refering to themselves and others as Pollacks , so i am not sure if its offensive or not...?
What TV show were you watching?
Among my Polish friends , we call each other all manner of things , and it would not matter at all if i call them a Pollack , or even a burak , but i would not want to cause offence to a stranger...What is the correct word to call Polish people...????
It all comes down to CONTEXT and how its said.
People who know Polish can correct me if I'm wrong here but I understand the word "Polak" is singular to describe one Polish person. But the plural word for "Polak" is Polacy. In Polish there is no such thing as "PolakS
" for the plural use of it.
The general term used in the English language for a Polish person is "Pole". This is why in most newspapers across the world, a Polish person is referred to as a Pole. Even by newspapers that don't like Poles LOL
The word "Polak" or "Polack" is offensive to some Polish Americans, since the word "Polack" was used almost always in a degrading way against Polish people by Hollywood and the TV media for many years. When they started to attack Polish people with subhuman intelligence jokes in the 60's and 70's, they often referred to Poles as "Polacks" and media Titan Polish-Hater, Archie Bunker was infamous for his constant degrading sound bytes against Polish people as being "Dumb Polacks". Since this TV show reached as many as FIFTY MILLION Americans in a pop, the sound byte "Dumb Polack" was in the psyche of most Americans INCLUDING Polish Americans.
Polish Americans living in the US prior to the 1960's said it was rare to hear Poles being referred to as "Polacks", especially since in Polish, the plural word "PolackS" didn't exist. The general term for Polish people, as it was for many years, was simply "Poles"