On my most recent trip to Slovakia and Ukraine I was amazed to see the marker indicating the geographical center of Europe - it sits in the eastern part of Zakarpattia, Ukraine, just across the Tisa from Romania, almost to the town of Rahkiv. Now, when I hear anyone, on this list or others, refer to Slovakia and Ukraine as "Eastern Europe," the first thing I want to do is to write a reply to correct the misconception. But, I never do it.
You have given me the opportunity to send a positive note on this topic, because you correctly identify the places of origin as Central Europe. Thank you!
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 21:47:55 -0500
From: "Janet Kozlay" <kozlay@...>
Subject: RE: Bohok and Bohunk
I 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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