[Ads-l] Honyock

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu May 25 22:45:22 EDT 2017


Any relation to “honky”?

LH

> On May 25, 2017, at 10:27 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Saw this on a forum on WordWizard.com:
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> hunyak / honyock(er)
> 
> Wed Feb 18, 2004 5:34 pm
> 
> From the OED.
> 
> hunyak (_______). U.S. Also honyock, -er.
> [f. Hungarian a. and n. after Polack.]
> = hunk n.3 (See also quot. 1941.)
> Only in disparaging use.
> 1911 W. P. Dillingham Dict. Races 92 Magyar, Hungarrian Hun, or Hunyak in popular language.
> 1919 S. Lewis Free Air (1924) ix. 94, I could buy out half these Honyockers!
> 1938 ‘E. Queen’ Four of Hearts (1939) 17 Tossing away the stockholders’ dough like a hunyak on Saturday night.
> 1941 Sat. Even. Post 7 June 29/1 ‘Honyocks’, the Yankee neighbors called them [sc. immigrants from Central Europe]. ‘Honyocker’ came to be..generally applied to any farmer who tries to raise grain and livestock in the high prairies of the Northwest.
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> Or  hunyack, honyak, honyocker, huniak, hunyok, honyok, hunyak
> 
> My boyfriend called someone up the street a honyocker.  Wikipedia has a coup=
> le theories on its origin. Do any of you have insight you can share?
> 
> I just found it peculiar.
> 
> ~Shawnee Moon=20
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> Mailed from the Moon =F0=9F=8C=9C=
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