Viridzen wrote:I came across this Hungarian word in books on the Internet. It is "tót" and it is apparently a pejorative term, which referred to Slovak people. Can someone tell me about this word, its origins, and suchlike? Thanks in advance. I am only asking the question, I'm not trying to offend anyone. Its context was in a proverb (if it should have that title), and it made me curious.
Viridzen wrote:As for the Chinese thing, it's probably just because they are a different people, and they are sometimes stereotyped in America as not being good at English... so, maybe that's how it showed up, too.
Viridzen wrote:[...]but it might be different, since many Hungarians don't know that it means Slovak.
4% said it was a rude word for a dumb person
So ’tót’ in Hungary is widespreadly used as a mocking name for Slovaks in the first place. ’Tirpák’ (people of Slovak background living round Nyíregyháza) is the word we use for dumb, bad-mannered persons.
Viridzen wrote:Wow, why do (these) Hungarians hate Slovaks so much? It's kind of making me angry; from a book I saw, I found the slogan "Tot nem ember", "A Slovak is not a person": http://books.google.com/books?id=e3PGLu ... er&f=false and there were many more. It's almost sickening; I'm not going to hate Hungarians, just as if it were the other way around, I wouldn't hate Slovaks. It's just these sentiments.
Viridzen wrote:I said that I wouldn't hate anyone here for their ethnicity, and what I meant was that I didn't see why the Hungarians who used those terms pejoratively hated everyone so much. I know that it's not as bad as it is now; at least, I hope not. I'm glad that the "Slovaks aren't human" sentiment is basically extinct.
Thon wrote:It makes me wonder if the name Tóth comes from the same root.
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