Friday, 16 July 2010

Bogan, Chav, Ned, etc

The term bogan (rhymes with "slogan") is Australian and New Zealand English slang, usually pejorative or self-deprecating, for a person who is perceived to be from a lower class background or someone whose limited education, speech, clothing, attitude and behaviour exemplifies such a background.

Similar slang terms and concepts exist in other countries, including:

  • chav in England; 
  • ned in Scotland; 
  • scanger in Ireland; 
  • zef in South Africa; 
  • tokkie in Holland; 
  • Proll in Germany; 
  • red neck in North America;
  • Ars in Israel; and 
  • Gopnik in Russia.

A derivation of the term is "cashed-up bogan" (CUB) which emerged during the economic boom of the early 21st century.

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