dresiarz {m} ≈ Proll; Rowdy; Assi; Prolet | chav

“Dres [drɛs] or dresiarz [drɛɕaʂ] (plural dresy [drɛsɨ] or dresiarze [drɛɕaʐɛ]) is a term used in Poland to describe a specific subculture or class of young males. Dresiarze are stereotypically common inhabitants of urban towerblocks or tenement houses. They are usually portrayed as being mostly primarily or secondarily educated and unemployed, with their behaviour seen as aggressive and anti-social. The term itself refers to tracksuits, which in Polish is known as dres and which, according to the stereotype, are pieces of clothing commonly worn by dresiarze. The dresiarz phenomenon was first observed in the 1990s. It would later partially merge with the hooligan subcultures, especially football hooligans. Kark (pl. Polish: karki – napes) and blokers (pl. Polish: blokersi – block-people) are related but not synonymous terms. The term has a pejorative connotation in Polish mass-media.” en.wikipedia.org

Here’s what they look (but not really sound) like:

(Note that in his free time, he listens to Moniuszki czy tam Szekspira“.)

The UK term chav seems to be a closer equivalent than any of the German terms proposed below:

“dresiarz »Vertreter einer aggressiven Jugend-Subkultur, oft ein jugendlicher Krimineller aus ärmlichem Milieu; äußerlich erkennbar am Outfit: Trainingsdress, Sportschuhe, Muskelshirt, Goldkettchen u.Ä.; im Verhalten ordinär, primitiv, gewalttätig; ungebildet«. […] Die dafür angebotenen Entsprechungen Proll, Rowdy, Assi, Prolet sind eher als Hilfestellung, als Hinweis auf ein soziales Pendant zu sehen.” Erika Worbs, Andrzej Markowski, Andreas Meger, Polnisch-deutsches Wörterbuch der Neologismen, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, p. XVI,  fask.uni-mainz.de

Further links:

Erika Worbs · Andrzej Markowski · Andreas Meger

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