20 November 2012: Zoni

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Location: New York, NY

Word or Expression: Zoni

Closest English Translation: East German

Literal Translation: person from the GDR

Origin: Since approximately 1990 “Ossi” is the German slang term for a former East German, “Wessi” being the West Germany counterpart. Until then, “Zoni”note was used for people from the GDR, “Wessi” was used by the people in West Berlin for those from West Germany and “Ossi” was used in jokes about people from East Frisia.


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