Anonymous (ulvesang) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Chav

What are corresponding translations (into whatever language, actually) for English chav/scally/Scottish ned/N. Irish spide?-- as in, typically uneducated, un(der)employed youth of a particular non-fashion, often (but not always) engaged in illegal alcohol/drug consumption, vandalism, tresspassing, spiteful defiance of authority, annoying neighbours, playing bad music out loud in public transport, wearing awful and powerful cologne/perfume and other minor crimes, which is not part of any other subculture (e.g. punks, goths, gangsters, skinheads, tramps, hippies) and yet adhere to a similar (very bad) taste in fashion?

I can think of only:
Finnish: pissis
Swedish: fjortis (?)

In fact, I can't think of a direct translation into even American English-- white trash comes to mind, but it doesn't seem to have as much of a connotation of delinquency.
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