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Are there Chavs in Germany?

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From the Guardian.

 

Cracker creator blasts 'chav' TV -Studio bosses 'ridicule white working classes'

 

 

One of Britain's most celebrated screenwriters has launched a blistering attack on the makers of so-called trash TV, accusing them of exploiting the white, working classes for their own amusement and entertainment...

 

...McGovern accused industry executives of treating their audience with contempt: 'Normally, they would look to people on the left to speak up for them, but they haven't. Because they're not sexy. Unlike black lesbians, white, working-class men aren't sexy. So they are either ignored or patronised

There's a lot of truth in what he says. Although I'm often guilty of it myself, there is nothing clever in ridiculing peope from a different socio-economic background,

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What are scallies?

It's a name we in Manchester use for our fellow working class who are feckless - their off spring whilst not robbing the local corner shop are likely to be hanging around the streets: boys dressed in baseball cap and jacket with hoods, updated version of a shell suit or tight at the angle!!!, Girls (not so sure), but cheap jewellery, hair pulled back, short skirts (still wearing stone washed version were I am from), and maybe a kappa or lacoste tracksuit top to finish off the look. Anyhow, that's what I would say.

 

Boy - I described it quite well..here is wiki's definition:

 

Scallies - Wiki definition

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Although I'm often guilty of it myself, there is nothing clever in ridiculing peope from a different socio-economic background,

May not be clever but it can be damned funny!!! :ph34r:

 

PS. And that includes Hooray (how do you spell that one) Henries or Tory-boy jokes just as much as Chavs/Scallies or Ali G Hip-Hop parodies... Vicky Pollard is a classic and my stupid sister nearly invited an equivalent to my bloody wedding...luckily she dropped out...most probs couldn't afford the air fare...

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I know this has been asked before, but what does chav actually stand for? I always thought it meant council house and violent...

 

Still haven't seen any Burberry though, apart from some girl on Popstars the other night in this attrocious bloody Burbery shirt.

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"Chav" comes from the Romany "Charver" meaning "young lad".

I rememmber "Charver" being used in Newcastle when I lived there before the "Chav" phenomena.

 

Incidently "cutting edge" Radio M94,5 has picked up the chav theme so it'll be in the mainstream German media a lot more in the next few weeks I guess.

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I thought german-turkish hip-hop types called themselves "Lans", or did do when I was in Stuttgart, as in: "Was guckst du, Lan?"

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i'd never heard of it myself so i tried looking it up in the German wiki but they only have a disambiguation page with this description:

 

"eine stereotypisierende, vielfach kritisierte Beschreibung einer Ausprägung von Migranten-Jugendkultur in Deutschland, siehe Lan (Stereotyp)"

 

the actual page for "Lan (Stereotyp)" is a place holder and blank.

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Cause that would have been totally so not PC in a socialist country. Proll is short of Prolet, which again derives of the latin word "proletarius" which was the name for the roman underclass.

And isnt "Prolet" in german more a term of abuse here? You`re right, it does come from "proletariat". As in the Marxist term "Dictatorship of the Proletariat". Lord help us!

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Apologies for the above, seem to have made a bit of a pig´s ear of that. The bottom one is the one I actually wanted to post.

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This question came about for two reasons.

 

Firstly, was this online UK headline Pyjama wearing in Tesco's

Secondly, I recall reading a article/post about clothing size's in Germany. (Could have been here)somebody wanted to buy some joggers but not 'those black Harz IV specials'. I paraphrase.

 

This got me thinking. Are chavs unique to UK? Do they exist in Germany?

 

Typical behaviour involves listening to Scooter loudly on their handys at the back of the bus. Wearing ill fitting sports clothes. Shouting and swearing at partners/friends/strangers in public. The list goes on.

 

I think that since I have lived in Berlin I have not seen one, or have I?

 

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