Hantec slang

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Hantec (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɦan.tɛts]) is a unique slang previously spoken among lower classes in Brno, Czech Republic during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It developed from the mixing of the Czech language as spoken in Moravia with the languages of other residents of Brno, including Germans and Jews. Today Hantec exists in its original form only among some elderly people, but many words and expressions have become a part of Czech spoken in Brno.


Hantec Standard Czech origin of phrase English
zoncna slunce from German Sonne sun
šalina tramvaj from German "elektrische Linie" - "electric line" tramway
augle oči from German Augen eyes
šlofnót spát from German schlafen to sleep
love peníze from Romani love money


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  1. ^ Kopřiva, Pavel. Velký Slovník Hantecu, FT Records Brno, 3rd ed. 2004

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