I found a question on Quora with a title "What are the the most important aspects of the Slavic culture?"
and some dude answered that the Slavic culture doesn't exist!
OK, let's read the full answer:
Here's the link for the original question posted on Quora.
- The word Slavic means just a Slavic language.
Slavic is a linguistic term.
Slavs just means Slavophones and nothing else.
- Any usage of the word Slavic (or Slav) outside the linguistics is an abuse.
Any usage of the word Slavic (or Slav) beyond the linguistics is racist and offending.
Even asking if Slavic people were blue-eyed is racist and offending.
- There are Slavic languages only. Slavs just means people speaking a Slavic language.
Slavs just means Slavophones.
Slavic countries are just those countries where a Slavic language is spoken and nothing else.
- There is no such thing as Slavic race.
- There is no such thing as Slavic culture.
If we consider for instance the Russian culture and the Czech culture,
their intersection entirely fits into the European Christian culture.
While I agree that Slavs are primarily identified by their language, I disagree that being a Slav only means being a part of a specific linguistic group.
This guy wrote that any usage of the word Slav(ic) outside linguistics is an abuse
and he even used bold font!
The Wikipedia page (always the right source
) about Slavs says that they're an ethno-linguistic group.
The meaning of the word ethnicity (or ethnic group) according to Cambridge Dictionary:
a large group of people who have the same national, racial, or cultural origins, or the state of belonging to such a group
So what do you guys think about his answer?
Can a penguin from the other side of the world instantly become a Slav just by learning a Slavic language,
or is something deeper that comes from your heritage, traditions, maybe even behavior and such?
What pisses me off the most is that he's trying to look smart. I also have a little challenge for you:
Let's find out things that are common for all Slavic nations
that other people than Slavs don't have/do.
Write anything that comes to your mind down in the discussion.