The acceptance of the unity achieved varies among the citizens of Europolis. However, some traces of a language identity are found throughout the vast "city-country", mostly through seemingly haphazard borrowing of words from non English, formerly European languages – often German. Upon moving to Europolis, even Zoë Castillo can not escape immediately picking up a few peculiarities of the sociolect called EuroSlang.[1]

Notable vocabulary Edit

  • "legal" – the Europoleans seem to prefer the Spanish pronunciation and syllable stress
  • "entspann" – the German word for "relax" is used in that sense in Euroslang, yet the Europoleans prefer to use it as a non reflexive verb
  • "bruder" – the German word for "brother", yet used in Europolis to generally mean "pal" or "mate"
  • "atze" – a similar German expression meaning "pal"/"chum"
  • "ziomal" - Polish for "buddy" or "good friend"
  • "megageil" – a German word used with the meaning of "awesome"
  • "scriberling" – loan translation of the German "Schreiberling", a derogatory expression for journalist
  • "superbon" – a similar adjective and exclamation, probably of French origin, meaning "super-good"
  • "tamam" – from the Turkish language, meaning "All right" or "OK"
  • "lecker" – German word for delicious
  • "puta" – of Spanish origin, originally meaning "whore". Europoleans seem to use it less as a personal insult and more as a curse word like "shit"
  • "mause" – possibly a modified version of "Mäuse" ("mice"), meaning "money" in contemporary German
  • "friede" – somewhat archaic word for "peace" in German, used in Europolis to express "calm down!"
  • "bulle" – altered version of the German plural "Bullen" ("bulls"), a derogatory term for the police
  • "scheiße" – German word for shit
  • "sozie" – derogatory word for social democrat, imported from German and pronounced like "cozy"
  • "chungo" - originally a spanish word for rotten but used by adolescants to replace "sucks".
  • "chorbo" - spanish word for guy, boyfriend

References Edit

  1. Ragnar Tørnquist tweet about Euroslang

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