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‘Khokhol’ Offensive to Ukrainians and Should Not Be Used in Public, Moscow Scholar Says


Staunton, July 4 The word khokhol must not be used “in official or public speech,” Aleksandra Olkhovskaya of Moscow’s Pushkin Russian Language Institute says, because it denigrates those to whom it is applied and thus is offensive. It can only be used, she says, when those employing it know those with whom they are speaking.
Olkhovskaya says that “the etymology of the word khokhol is connected with the fact that among the Little Russians there was a widespread habit of cutting hair so that the head was shaved and there remained only a strand of hair, that is, a forelock.” Consequently, …read more

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