As sad as this is to say, stirring up the Hungarians is essentially a political move ahead of the 2012 elections, and here in Unicorn City a little dose of racism goes a long way towards earning votes from some parts of town.
Inter-ethnic tensions between Hungarians and Romanians is a long and convoluted topic which I will leave for another day but as I’ve been reading media reports about the Lord of Cluj’s latest shenanigans I’ve seen the word bozgor being thrown around quite a bit.
Essentially it’s a racist way to refer to Hungarians, similar to “wops” for Italians, “spics” for Mexicans, etcetera. There are a variety of “definitions” to this word that I’ve heard from people (as well as online sources – including this one in Hungarian) but ultimately it boils down to a pejorative term used by Romanians for Hungarians who live in Romania.
Besides just stirring up general unrest and dissatisfaction amongst the Hungarian population here in town, I now see that the Lord of Cluj’s antics are threatening the current UDMR-PDL political alliance. And some jackass dumped used oil all over some Hungarian tombstones in the historic downtown cemetery.
I hate to use negative or “evil” words in the Word of the Day but clearly there is an ongoing push to stir up inter-ethnic tension and so you’re likely to hear bozgor bandied around more and more frequently, so you might as well know what it means.