CHWDP

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CHWDP graffiti
A two-metre-tall inscription on a wall in Poland

CHWDP or HWDP (read ha-voo-de-pe) is a frequently used acronym of a Polish vulgar phrase chuj w dupę policji, meaning literally, "feel it in the ass, police."[1][better source needed] However, it is shown in the Polish PWN dictionary[2] that both forms chuj and huj are ortographically correct; thus, the form HWDP is orthographically correct as well, and stands for huj w dupę policji. It is best compared to the English-language phrase ACAB ("All Cops Are Bastards").

This vulgar slogan, often written on a wall, is used as a form of provocation against the police, but also as a "trademark." Writing of the HWDP characters, visible from a great distance, is a de facto form of aggressive vandalism, which reasonably lowers the value of the flats near the marked objects. The habit of using the HWDP slogan is particularly popular amongst aggressive football fans, called pseudokibice (Polish "hooligans," that were part of the dres sub-culture of the beginning of the 21st century. The acronym appeared in hip hop music texts as well.[3][better source needed] It is a specific expression of protest against the authorities, and against "the system" in general.

Popularity[edit]

The slogan is already very important in Poland, and its popularity is spreading to other countries, most notably Slovakia and Germany. Pranksters have used it in England.[4] The popularity of this slogan is rapidly growing.

Alternate expansions[edit]

One of the ways in which the popularity of the acronym is easily noticed is that it was given many alternative expansions. Still, the basic meaning is generally known. Others are merely jokes that are sometimes used to avoid awkward situations and to relieve the tension, e.g. when people who propagate this abbreviation talk with the police or by the policemen who want to avoid embarrassment when they are asked to expand the abbreviation during interviews.[5][6]

Spread on the Internet[edit]

However, the popularity of this acronym is not limited to it being spraypainted on the walls in Poland. In fact, the acronym has also spread among the Internet users, both Polish and foreign.[7] There have been interesting findings regarding this acronym of the Internet.

Czech Republic and Slovakia[edit]

The slogan is also popular in Czech Republic,[citation needed] where it is written as ČDPP, standing for Čůrák do prdele policii',[citation needed] meaning the same, as the Polish Chuj w dupę policji, that is, Fuck the police in the ass. However, its Polish counterparts, CHWDP and HWDP, are just as common in Czech Republic as well.[citation needed] The slogan can be found in Slovakia as well.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HWDP - Miejski słownik slangu i mowy potocznej Slang młodzieżowy
  2. ^ The PWN dictionary - Poradnia językowa
  3. ^ Pięć Dwa Dębiec – Policyjne
  4. ^ Pauley, Nigel (13 May 2010). "POLICE WARNED ABOUT POLISH PRANKSTERS". Daily Star. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Sarapkiewicz, Małgorzata (20 października 2004). "Litery niewinne". Nowiny. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Policja wyjaśnia, co znaczy HWDP". TVN24. 31 sierpnia 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  7. ^ - CHWDP - Pesquisa do Google
  8. ^ - CHWDP - Hľadať v Google

External links[edit]

Media related to CHWDP at Wikimedia Commons