What is an “Oily Variety Bohunk”?

Yeah, you!

A friend of mine posted the term Bohunk on her Facebook (thanks Lori) and someone had commented that they did not know what the word meant. Now although I was familiar with it from “Sixteen Candles” and “Adventures in Babysitting”, I never actually bothered to find out what the term meant. The term is derogatory slang used to describe Eastern European Immigrants and is most probably derived from combining BOhemia and HUNgary and adding a K (that’s some lazy combining). I had always assumed this was some made up term for the movies, but according to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary this word has been around for quite some time and is very insulting to some people.

So why the Oily? Insult to injury. Who knew. Besides my boy Jake?


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