Cover Osteuropa 5/2007

In Osteuropa 5/2007

We Poor Schlawiner
Elegy of a Slavic Loan Word

Andrea Huterer

Deutsche Fassung


Slavic loan words in German can be counted on one hand. And when they are enunciated, they are not always titles of honour. While the Gentleman ostensibly hails from the West, Halunken (scoundrals) and Schabracken (hags) come to us from the East. Reason enough for a Slavic loan word which has remained anonymous to intone an elegy. Andrea Huterer chronicles its history.

(Osteuropa 5/2007, pp. 229–234)