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what did he call him? german slur against poles?

elastoplast 1 | -
19 May 2013 #1
i know two poles at work, and a german. yesterday one of the poles and the german got into a big fight. i asked the other pole what had happened, and he said the german had called the pole a german anti-polish slur, but I didn't hear what it was...

what would he have called him? i looked it up but I couldn't find any german slurs. do the germans have any specific anti-polish slurs or was it just something generic?
Jars777 20 | 70
20 May 2013 #2
Hmm.... difficult to say. There are stereotypes in Germany about Polish people like there are in I guess any nation about any nation... particularly about neighbouring countries.
berni23 7 | 379
20 May 2013 #3
The stereotypes Jars mentioned are mainly that Poles are all alcoholics and car thieves.
The only thing that comes to mind is "Polacke", comperable to the "Szwab" used in Poland, although "Polacke" opposed to "Szwab" is only used derogatory.

It also doesnt make any sense to use it as a single word, its always at least "you dumb/lazy/drunk Polacke".
Jars777 20 | 70
20 May 2013 #4
Yes... those would have been the ones that I had in mind too....

Just on that note... funny thing about the stereotypes.

In the Netherland people call Germans "bike thiefs".... in Germany people say that the Polish steal.... so the bike goes from West to East. :-)
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163
20 May 2013 #5
"Szwab" used in Poland

Szwab is so passé, these days it's niemiaszek or simply Fritzl.
Jars777 20 | 70
20 May 2013 #6
Fritzl is kinda cute! :-)
20 May 2013 #7
"Polak" is generically derogatory, whereas "Pole" is the neutral, correct, standard German for a Polish male!
20 May 2013 #8
Szwab is so passé, these days it's niemiaszek or simply Fritzl.

Niemiaszek - as diminutive - was popular in Polish movies from 60'. Russian soldier used to say: szczęśliwie wyrżnęliśmy wszystkich Niemiaszków = fortunately we have all Niemiaszeks butchered.

Fryc (not Fritzl) is as old as Szwab and Szkop and is 100 yo or more, I believe.
More contemporary was Helmuty (Helmuts - after Kohl and Shmidt) for Western Germans - not derogative
and Enerdowcy - after Enerdówek (let's say Ddrdorfers after Ddrdorf) for Eastern Germans - more paternalistic than derogative.
I haven't heared any new derogative term for Germans since then. It looks things are getting better at last in Poland.

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