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Mar. 3rd, 2015 01:14 am
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I've known it for a long time, but it's still unsettling that the word for 'Jew' in Western Slavic languages is one that exists in Russian but is offensive...

on 2015-03-04 04:29 pm (UTC)
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... I wish this surprised me more than it did. >_<

I'm curious: would you mind saying what the word is? (Mostly because I want to ask my dad more about it to see what he knows, if anything, on the subject.)

on 2015-03-04 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Ah, interesting -- that's crept over into English as the pejorative "yid", which doesn't get used much AFAIK but does exist (and I assume probably came over from one of those regions).
My dad's mentioned getting anti-Semitic slurs thrown at him when growing up in Czechoslovakia, so I'm going to have to ask him what he encountered, and if it was similar to this.

Thank you!

on 2015-03-07 03:50 am (UTC)
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Picking my dad's brain about this and he doesn't recall it being considered offensive in the sixties when he was in Russia. It makes me wonder if it's changed over the years, or if he was exposed to a different framework?
(Clarification: he says it was perfectly okay as far as he knows except for the cultural association/stereotype. And then we had an argument about gypsy being offensive. Passports apparently used to have Еврей when they listed religion (his grandparents'), but people didn't tend to use that in everyday conversation.)

It sounds like it might have originally come from a mutation of "Yehudi" into Slavic, the same way that Yiddish might well have derived from it.

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