what is a "bubok"?

16:30 Feb 17, 2009
Czech to English translations [Non-PRO]
Czech term or phrase: what is a "bubok"?
I'm not sure if that is the correct spelling. I was told it was a racial slur.
thomas hoff

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3 +1bogeyman
Stuart Hoskins
3bugbear, scarecrow
Maria Chmelarova

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the word you're probably looking for is bubák, which means bogeyman. I've never heard of it used as a racial slur. Then I considered it might be some form of argot(?).
And indeed, to my horror I found myself on a rightwing site I'd rather not visit again. But there, Bubak was used at least once in the comments to refer pejoratively to a black person:
see: comment 31
but as I say, I don't think normal Czechs would know about this (perhaps I'm wrong?)

Stuart Hoskins
Local time: 14:38
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

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agree  petr jaeger: yep, we would hardly understand it as a racial term in general.
16 mins
  -> that's a relief, Petr - my young children are native Czech speakers, so bubak is quite a common word in our household!
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bugbear, scarecrow

I think it is old Slovak/Czech word originating in old Slavic language (Proto-Slavic)
bubák - mumbler too
please find more in en.wikipedia.org bugbear

Maria Chmelarova
Local time: 08:38
Native speaker of: Slovak
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