Bohunk is a disparaging term given to certain Eastern Europeans, ranging from Hungarian
s to Ukrainian
s. Bohunk is generally applied to Eastern European laborers. The term itself comes from the contractions of Bo
hemian and Hung
arian. Bohung then became bohunk.
Bohunk might be the origin of the term "honky
", denoting a white person. Bohunk came into popular use at the start of the 20th century. Bohunk itself became "hunky
" in some parts of North America, like Chicago
. Many Eastern Europeans and blacks worked in Chicago's meat packing
industry. Black speech patterns likely modified hunky into honky and it became applied to all whites.