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Re: Arm Yourself: 24 Hours Until The Apocalypse
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2019, 03:33:56 pm »
I also am Czech of Bohemian extraction, non of my known relatives are anything but hardworking God fearing people.

Same here. I'm kind of saddened that I never fluently learnt the language (and what little I knew has now completely gone). My grandparents spoke it as a first language and some of my Uncles and Aunts still speak it.

Maybe my Grandparents dislike of the word comes from the time of WWII? IIRC Bohemian was slang for gypsy, and I am well aware that Gypsies were targeted by the third Reich along with homosexuals and Jews. There are even white supremacists who would say that anyone of Slavic descent isn't a "white person". I guess if the white supremacists ever come to power and form their ethno-state, I'm just going to have to hang out with all of the Mexicans in Texas. That's alright, though, most of my friends here are of Hispanic ancestry  :rotfl .
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    Re: Arm Yourself: 24 Hours Until The Apocalypse
    « Reply #26 on: March 24, 2019, 04:16:59 pm »
    Since you mention it, some of us 'redneck' types don't much care for that name either.  But I wasn't going to give you a hard time...
    I've been a "redneck" my whole life.  Never knew it until somebody used that term when I was a kid and I had to have it explained to me.  It's all good.  Perhaps the scariest thing that will ever be said to you in Kentucky is, " Y'all ain't from around here are ya'? " .  .  .   :coffee
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    Re: Arm Yourself: 24 Hours Until The Apocalypse
    « Reply #27 on: March 24, 2019, 06:47:17 pm »
    Same here. I'm kind of saddened that I never fluently learnt the language (and what little I knew has now completely gone). My grandparents spoke it as a first language and some of my Uncles and Aunts still speak it.

    Maybe my Grandparents dislike of the word comes from the time of WWII? IIRC Bohemian was slang for gypsy, and I am well aware that Gypsies were targeted by the third Reich along with homosexuals and Jews. There are even white supremacists who would say that anyone of Slavic descent isn't a "white person". I guess if the white supremacists ever come to power and form their ethno-state, I'm just going to have to hang out with all of the Mexicans in Texas. That's alright, though, most of my friends here are of Hispanic ancestry  :rotfl .

    Italians and Irish were not considered "white" by most of the world until the 20th century. 

    My Great-grandparents came over during WWI, I don't know the root of the slang, just that it is derogatory.  Bohemia and most of what is now Czech Republic are more Germanic/Scandinavian rather than Slavic, IIRC.   I think that Bohemia was actually part of Germany when my Great-Grandparents emigrated.  Germany as a centralized nation was created not long prior to WWI.

    I know that my Grandparents generation spoke Czech as their parents did not ever have much English,  but none of my parents generation learned the language from their parents.  If they wanted to learn Czech they had to seek it out on their own.  Even though some of my Grandparents generation kept in touch with relatives in the old country as much as was possible through the iron curtain.
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    Re: Arm Yourself: 24 Hours Until The Apocalypse
    « Reply #28 on: March 24, 2019, 08:44:21 pm »
    Since you mention it, some of us 'redneck' types don't much care for that name either.  But I wasn't going to give you a hard time...

    People get upset at the term 'redneck'?  :scrutiny

    I have never met in my life an actual redneck that seemed even phased by the term. Perhaps I have just not met the right ones.
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    Re: Arm Yourself: 24 Hours Until The Apocalypse
    « Reply #29 on: March 25, 2019, 01:20:25 am »
    People get upset at the term 'redneck'?  :scrutiny

    I have never met in my life an actual redneck that seemed even phased by the term. Perhaps I have just not met the right ones.
    I didn't think so.  'Hillbilly,' yes, but not 'redneck.'  Hey, what do I know... :shrug

    Or maybe it is just the context.  Call someone a 'dumb redneck,' and the idea becomes offensive even without the dumb part?  Really, 'Guido' is not the worst of the terms used for Italians.  It is one of the more mild ones,  but use it to frame someone as simple or stupid, and I take offense.

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    Re: Arm Yourself: 24 Hours Until The Apocalypse
    « Reply #30 on: March 25, 2019, 12:29:38 pm »
    Really, 'Guido' is not the worst of the terms used for Italians.  It is one of the more mild ones,  but use it to frame someone as simple or stupid, and I take offense.

    Ah...when I was a kid in NYC, "Guido" was used as slang to describe someone who was involved at the lower levels of organized crime.

    Not at all flattering or in a good way but it wasn't meant as a pejorative for Italians. Had it been I doubt my Italian Uncle John would have used it so frequently.

    Sort of how "Bruno" used to be slang for the big, dumb, tough guy. 

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