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This is an ancient phenomeon. Here's Karl Kraus in Die Fackel (158,15, 1904)
Die Verwandtschaft des Burenvolkes mit dem Stamm der Herren Popelak, Inderka, Molinek, Honsik, Haluschka, Miklautschitsch, Kudielka, Prochaska und Wiskozil ist nicht ohneweiters einleuchtend. Das sind die Namen der besten Deutschen, so wir haben, -- der Teilnehmerliste eines stramm-deutschnationalen Festes entnommen, das vor Jahren in Iglau gefeiert wurde. Herr Malik ist alldeutscher Abgeordneter, Herr Sedlak Redakteur der ,Ostdeutschen Rundschau`, Herr Stepischnegg Schwiegervater des K. H. Wolf. In Nr. 17 der ,Fackel` waren die Herren Kokoschinegg, Kovatschitsch, Mravlag, Besgorschak und Podgorschegg als die politischen Wortführer der Deutschen in Südsteiermark bezeichnet, lauter Namen, die einen guten Klang haben, so weit die deutsche Zunge reichen muß, um sich auszukegeln. Wenn man daneben bedenkt, daß politisch einflußreiche Slovenen Kaisersberger, Fischer, Mayer, Blachmann, Schuster, Rosenstein und Kramer heißen, daß der Deutsche, der einmal in Cilli angeschossen wurde, Pollanetz, der Slave, der auf ihn schoß, geradezu Jahn (Vater Jahn,schau oba!) heißt, wenn in Marburg die Herren Glantschnigg und Woschnagg deutschnational und ihre Brüder Glančnik und Vošnjak slovenischnational krakehlen, so mag man sich an den nachdenklichen Ausspruch des Tschechen Rieger erinnern: »Mir scheint, mir scheint, daß dem Cheruskerfürsten Hermann meine Ahnen näher standen als die des Freiherrn v. Chlumecky!«
Sorry, no translation. Even professional translators claim that Kraus is untranslatable....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 05:15:15 AM EST
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A perfect quote! As for a translation, lemme try. (In this case, methinks the problem is not language, but the need to add several explanatory notes.)

The kinship of the Boer people with the tribe of Mr. Popelak, Inderka, Molinek, Honsik, Haluschka, Miklautschitsch, Kudielka, Prochaska and Wiskozil [all German surnames of Slavic origin] is not immediately clear. These are the names of the best Germans we have --, taken from a list of participants of a taut German-national festival that was celebrated years ago in Iglau. Mr. Malik is an all-German [pan-Germanist] representative, Mr. Sedlak is an editor of the ,Ostdeutsche Rundschau` [ethnic-German paper in what became Western Poland], M.r Stepischnegg is the father-in-law of K. H. Wolf [a Bohemian-Austrian pan-Germanist]. In No. 17 of ,Fackel` [= torch; satirical journal in Vienna by an anti-Semitic ethnnic Jew], Mr. Kokoschinegg, Kovatschitsch, Mravlag, Besgorschak and Podgorschegg were described as the political spokesmen of the Germans in South Styria [part of Slovenia after WWI], all names that resonate well, as far as the German tongue must reach to bowl itself out. If one also considers that politically influential Slovenians are called Kaisersberger, Fischer, Mayer, Blachmann, Schuster, Rosenstein and Kramer; that the German who was shot at in Cilli onetime was named Pollanetz, while the Slav who shot him had to be called Jahn (Father Jahn, lookee by!); if in Marburg, Mr. Glantschnigg and Woschnagg are brawling as German nationalists and their brothers Glančnik and Vošnjak as Slovenian nationalists [same surnames in German resp. Slovenian spelling]; one may recall the ruminative remark of the Czech Rieger [Frantisek Ladislav Rieger, leading 19th-century Czech nationalist politician]: "It appears to me, it appears to me, that my own ancestors were closer to the Cherusci chieftain Arminius [leader of the German tribal association that annihilated the Roman legions of Varus in the AD 9 Battle of the Teutoburg Forest; a figure greatly mythologised by German nationalism] than that of baron von Chlumecky!" [Probably Johann von Chlumecky, Austrian minister, eventually a main negotiator of the 1905 Moravian Compromise concerning Czech vs. ethnic-German local interests; or an older relative]


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 06:04:35 AM EST
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