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JH Trads  Identity Verified
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Feb 12, 2014

The following text came my way and I wonder if it is a hoax or if it has some basis in reality. (Just in case, this is a purely linguistic question, not for the purposes of debating about politics.)
El apellido Kirchner derivado de la palabra servo-croata kirch — Oveja — significa 'ladrón de ovejas', posteriormente fue utilizado para definir a los usureros que efectuaban prestamos a granjeros y robaban sus ovejas para que no pudieran pagar los prestamos y, así quedarse con sus propiedades.


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Hidden agenda Feb 12, 2014

"A kirschwasser or kirsch is a clear, colorless fruit brandy traditionally made from double distillation of morello cherries, a dark-colored cultivar of the sour cherry". (Wikipedia) So, rather than sheep rustlers, maybe the Kirschners were all brandy makers... or drunks?
IMHO, only someone with a prior agenda not purely linguistic would propagate such specious notions.


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No foundation Feb 12, 2014

The claim is patently ridiculous; there is no such word (or even a similar word) in the entire Serbo-Croat spectrum.


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Thanks Feb 12, 2014

Neil and Rudolf!


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