Is "shonk" antisemitic?
July 15, 2008 2:45 AM Subscribe
Is or was the word "shonky" antisemitic?
posted by Fiasco da Gama to writing & language (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Australians use the word "shonky" and "shonk" to mean, respectively poor quality or questionable goods/practices, and those who trade in them.
I've heard two versions of its history; first that the word used to have antisemitic overtones and was nineteenth-century slang for "Jew", in much the same way as "shyster" retains its ethnic meaning, and second that it's a Yiddish import into English.
For me, Google yields only poor quality, questionable results. Is there anyone who can shed some light on this?