Vlasi – Ottoman pejorative or slur for non-Turks living in the Ottoman Empire, derived from the medieval social class of herders (also called Vlasi) which originally was used to describe Romans or Walachs – namely descendants of romanised Illyrians, Thracians, Dacians (in Slavic and Germanic) that were known herders in the Middle Ages. Today used as a slur by Bosniaks to describe Serbs or people of Orthodox religion. Similar pejorative was giaur or kaurin, meaning non-Turk or Christian.

Balija – Christian, mostly Serbian used slur describing low-life that converted to Islam for personal benefit. Today used by Serbs for describing Muslim Slavs, more precisely Bosniaks. It comes from the word bale, meaning snot or mucus, hence meaning slimy, greasy or dirty people (similar to Žabari e.g.).

Turčin – Christian description for the muslim citizens of the Ottoman Empire, namely Turks (Turčin), since the only Slavs that were muslim, therefore citizens of the Ottoman Empire were forefathers of the todays Bosniaks, it was also used to describe them, it was also used by muslim Slavs as an autonym. Today it is seen as a derogatory term for Bosniaks, or Balkan Muslims in general.

Šiptar – Slur, derogatory term for Albanians, coming from the autonym by which Albanians call themselves, namely Shqiptar.

Janez – Not a derogatory term, but a nickname for a Slovene, because it is widely believed most Slovenes are called Janez

Konjušаr – Horse groomer, old Serbian slur for Croats, which were perceived as serfs, namely horse groomers of the Austro-Hungarians for 1000 years.


These are some pejoratives, new ones like Četnik, Ustaša and Mujahideen, explain themselves, originated in the last 60 years.

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