Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs and nicknames for the Germans

Adolf reference to?Hitler.

Bazi means loveable crook. Pronounced “baht-see”

Boche?short for “alcaboche” or cabbage-head.

Blockhead? (My Dad who had German grandparents heard the insult?boof head?a lot in his family)



Chleuh?From the name of the Chleuh, a North African ethnicity ? a term with racial connotations.

Fischkopf “Fish-head” used by southern Germans for northern Germans

The nickname was originally created during World War I, but it?did?not find common use until World War II.Russians in WWII called Germans Fritzes, a common German name in those days (short for Friedrich).?



Hermans, Herms
Based on the common German name?Hermann: Herman the German

The?Hun, The Huns
Initially seen on Allied war propaganda during?World War I. An allusion to the legendary savagery of?Attila the Hun.

Jam Bun Cockney slang for Hun

Jerry, Gerry
Rhyming slang (Jerry the German). Based on the common given nickname?Jerry, short for Jeremiah, Gerald, and other similar-sounding names. Jerry was also a British nickname for “chamberpot”, and was a reference to the shape of the helmets the Germans wore in WWI.

Jew Burner reference to the Holocaust

Jew Killer reference to the Holocaust


Kartoffel Called this by foreigners because they think Germans eat a lot of potatos (Kartoffel)

Kossy Cossack tribes who lived in Northern Germany

Since World War II, Kraut has, in the English language, come to be used as a derogatory term for a German. This is probably based on sauerkraut, which is popular in various South-German cuisines but traditionally not prepared in North Germany.

The term Marmeladinger (from Southern German/Austrian “Marmelade” = jam [cook.]) has its origin in the trenches of World War I. While Austrian infantry rations included butter and lard as spread German troops had to make do with cheaper “Marmelade” as ersatz which they disdainfully called “Heldenbutter” (Hero’s butter) or “Hindenburgfett”.

In Dutch the most common term for the German people, after the regular/official one, is “mof”. It is regarded as a derogatory term, used exclusively for Germans and reflected Dutch resentment of the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War.


The Austrian ethnic slur for a German is Piefke. Like its Bavarian counterpart Sauprei? (literally: sow-Prussian) the term Piefke historically characterized the people of Prussia only. It is derived from the name of Prussian military composer and band-leader?Johann Gottfried Piefke.

Saupreiss?Preiss is Austrian dialect for Preusse (Prussian) and a Sau is a female pig.

Schmeisser WWII term for a German soldier, derived from a machine gun of the same make.

Shit-Eater?Feces eating is a fetish that originated in Germany, otherwise known as scat sex or shit sex eg. shit eating, rubbing shit, etc.