rotzak

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compound rot (rotten) +‎ zak (scrotum, bag). Reportedly (WNT, De Vries) a bahuvrihi meaning “a syphilitic”. Syphilis was also known as the French disease, explaining why it became a slur for French and Walloon people.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈrɔt.sɑk/
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  • Hyphenation: rot‧zak

Noun[edit]

rotzak m (plural rotzakken, diminutive rotzakje n)

  1. scumbag, fiend
  2. (Belgium, Brabantian) Eurasian jay, Garrulus glandarius
    • 1966, Gerard Walschap, Het Gastmaal, page 123.
      Zij hielden de lucht in het oog tegen roofvogels en rotzakken, alias vlaamse gaaien, en spraken over het nieuws en de problemen.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    Synonyms: meerkol, Vlaamse gaai
  3. (obsolete, ethnic slur) Frenchman, Walloon [17th to 18th c.]

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