13866RE: [S-R] Bohok and Bohunk
- Nov 29, 2005I have been intrigued by the derogatory (not euphemistic) term "Bohunk,"
referring to immigrants from Central Europe. Most "authorities" suggest it
is a combined term referring to Bohemians and Hungarians. I think there is
another explanation that they don't consider, and that is that the term may
have come from Bohunka, which is a perfectly good family name found in
Slovakia and (especially) Czech Republic. The term has bothered me because
it doesn't seem quite natural geographically to lump together Bohemians and
Hungarians, even for ignorant Americans.
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