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Is the word "Polack"rascist?


shakeNbake07
5 Feb 2007  #1
Don't make fun of me for asking this because I know nothing about anything Polish...(if that makes any sense) I'm half Polish and Live with the non-Polish side of the family.. Anyways, whenever I tell someone I'm Polish, they're like "whoa you're a Polack?"..I heard from some that it is just another word for a Polish person, but some people say it's a racial slur..Should I punch someone if they call me a Polack? lol
Kamyk 2 | 61
5 Feb 2007  #2
I think it depends, but I personally dont find it offensive in any way, it's just funny and that's all.. but this could depend on the context of your conversation though
Epicurus - | 30
5 Feb 2007  #3
Poles aren't a race so the term can't be racist.
It is a derogatory term for a nationality, although it has morphed into carrying the same insulting "punch" as using racial epithets.
FISZ 24 | 2,116
5 Feb 2007  #4
It's only derrogatory when used in offensive context.
daffy 23 | 1,508
5 Feb 2007  #5
Poles aren't a race so the term can't be racist.

erm ok, what do ye call yourselfs? we all say poles, or polish

like we'd say irish or celts (though celts is really rare and really trying to glamor it lol)

not a racist - just curious LOL

WOOO free speech!!
Styles 2 | 21
5 Feb 2007  #6
no. If someone called me a polack i'd probably laugh it off, i don't really find it offensive but it depends on the person I guess.
Epicurus - | 30
5 Feb 2007  #7
Poles aren't a race so the term can't be racist.

erm ok, what do ye call yourselfs? we all say poles, or polish

like we'd say irish or celts (though celts is really rare and really trying to glamor it lol)

not a racist - just curious LOL

WOOO free speech!!

Hi there. I don't mind clarifying why I said that. I call myself a Pole. Culturally I'm American but by birth a Pole. I'm not an expert on anthropology but here is how I understand the break down to be:

Race: Caucasian (also goes by Caucasoid)
Ethnicity: Slavic
Nationality: Polish

This is just a rough categorization.
Huegel 1 | 296
5 Feb 2007  #8
Culturally I'm American but by birth a Pole.

As i'm sitting here typing this, I have this sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that for some unknown reason, i'm really going to regret asking this question, but, I really do have to know. (bin Topfgucker)

Where you were actually born? Not Hospital/street name personal, country will do. :)
Epicurus - | 30
5 Feb 2007  #9
Southern Poland. Does this increase your regret or lessen it ?
Huegel 1 | 296
5 Feb 2007  #10
Nope it clears it up perfectly. Thanks! :)
pingwin 2 | 117
5 Feb 2007  #11
I just smile and say I'm proud of it. Hey, my friend is SO PROUD he personlize his car plates to read POLAK.
King Sobieski 2 | 716
6 Feb 2007  #12
i get called "polish sausage" and "kransky" by a guy at work, they are a lot worse than polak!!

or even worse i had some crazy nutball kid in high scholl call me "gas showers".
kaz2664
7 Feb 2007  #13
the way i take it is, calling a pole a polack is like calling a italian a whop, or a german a kraut, ect. its not a good thing. however amongst friends in a jokeing manner i dont find it offensive. but for some stranger to do it, i might pop him. kaz
Maati 1 | 178
7 Feb 2007  #14
i get called "polish sausage" .
you can call him "american mcdoanlds"
i bet he will like it :)
King Sobieski 2 | 716
8 Feb 2007  #15
i get called "polish sausage" .
you can call him "american mcdoanlds"

he is serbian, i have way too much material to work with.
sledz 23 | 2,250
8 Feb 2007  #16
you can call him "american mcdoanlds"
i bet he will like it

or meathead
scumbag
dirtbag
jerkoff
dickhead
Tell him shut up you dirty scumbag!
That will piss him off:) if hes amerikanka
King Sobieski 2 | 716
8 Feb 2007  #17
That will piss him off if hes amerikanka

no, we are australian, and both slavs, so the sarcastic barbs flow freely.
sledz 23 | 2,250
8 Feb 2007  #18
oh ok, well just in case for future reference:) :)
Eurola 4 | 1,906
8 Feb 2007  #19
My Italian friend calls me jokingly at times "Polack' and I tell her she is such a 'wop'. I call my German friend a 'bucket head" as she calls me 'Polack" sometimes and we both have a good laugh. I never been referred to as "Polack" by my American friends, they seem to be more careful in name calling...

However, ethnic people themselves have no problem laughing at each other old stereotypes.
ak_nelson - | 22
8 Feb 2007  #20
you can call him "american mcdoanlds"

:) Good one.

I also like "donut hole", "curly fry", and "chicken wing".
sledz 23 | 2,250
8 Feb 2007  #21
Polack' and I tell her she is such a 'wop'

Did you hear about the new Italian tires????
Dago thru Rain, Dago thru snow but when they go flat Dago wop wop wop:)

remember its only a joke:) :) :)

However, ethnic people themselves have no problem laughing at each other old stereotypes.

I hear them all the time some are real bad, I wont even repeat them here.
Mostly its all just joking around
Real
9 Feb 2007  #22
In the sentence Ja jestem Polakiem (I am a Pole), a noun Polakiem (Pole) is in instrumental case. The nominative form of this word is Polak. Analogously the instrumental of Anglik (Englishman) and Amerykanin (American) is Anglikiem and Amerykaninem, respectively.

In the Polish language Polak means Polish or Pole but it's in the masculine sense as a Polish man. A Polish woman is Polka.

By the way, Polka music comes from Ukrane not Poland.

Credit for the above reply specifically:
In the sentence Ja jestem Polakiem (I am a Pole), a noun Polakiem (Pole) is in instrumental case. The nominative form of this word is Polak. Analogously the instrumental of Anglik (Englishman) and Amerykanin (American) is Anglikiem and Amerykaninem, respectively. , needs to go to

Polish Language Course
Welcome to studying Polish!
golem.umcs.lublin.pl/users/ppikuta/lessons/lessidx.htm
lesson 1
ArturSzastak
9 Feb 2007  #23
My Italian friend calls me jokingly at times "Polack' and I tell her she is such a 'wop'.

call her a Dego (day-go) means dirty Italian. I say that to my Italian friends all the time, or combine them and say Dego Wop.

but secretly the joke is on them, all Polak means is - person of Polish origin. and so they are basically saying "Hey person from Poland, get your @ss over here"

and if your looking to call an Americna anything, call them Hamburger. If they are smart enough to get it they'll figure out your making fun of them for having a McDonalds and BK on every street corner.

you can also tell them to "Va Fa Un Culo" (vah - fah - oon - cooh - low) it means "Go f^ck and @ss"
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,512
10 Feb 2007  #24
call her a pasta-scoffer... she wont know what youre talking about and itll be really funny...

...and you can also remind her that contrary to popular belief, eating too much spaghetti really does addle the brain... a lot of italians dont know that... strange but true...
Eurola 4 | 1,906
10 Feb 2007  #25
call her a pasta-scoffer...

hey, I like past too! Not as much as my italian friend, but toss it with shrimp and garlic, sprinkle with Romano cheese and I have a fiesta. BTW, I hope the garlic may offset the addling of my brain :)
professays
14 Feb 2007  #26
Is the word Lah abusive?
Jasiu
14 Feb 2007  #27
put it into context, Profe
daffy 23 | 1,508
24 Feb 2007  #28
My Italian friend calls me jokingly at times "Polack' and I tell her she is such a 'wop'. I call my German friend a 'bucket head" as she calls me 'Polack" sometimes and we both have a good laugh. I never been referred to as "Polack" by my American friends, they seem to be more careful in name calling...
However, ethnic people themselves have no problem laughing at each other old stereotypes.

A wop? never heard that :) where did it come from?

Im sure we know irish are called, paddy's and mick's but what else? :)
Eurola 4 | 1,906
24 Feb 2007  #29
daffy, it's a popular one in the US (Dictionary.com)

wop /wɒp/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[wop] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. an Italian or a person of Italian descent.
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544
25 Feb 2007  #30
Quoting: professays
Is the word Lah abusive?

put it into context, Profe

Lach is just another name for a Polish person, used by Ukrainians, Russians and Turks. It's not offensive, although taking under the consideration the history between Poles and those nations I guess that some people might use it in a rather abusive context. :)


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