The word first appeared in print in the late 19th century, often applied to people who were unwelcome among their family, friends and/or community. A common theory of the origin of this word is the merger of the first syllable of the word Hungarian and the last syllable of the ethnic slur Polack. However, a more likely origin is the Hungarian adjective hanyag, which has a variety of negative meanings including careless, sloppy, slothful, and slow.
 Alternative spellings
honyock (plural honyocks)
- (US, slang, derogatory) An immigrant to the United States from east-central Europe.
- (US, slang, derogatory) A rube or simpleton.
- (US, slang) A hardscrabble farm (this usage known in parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alberta and Saskatchewan)
Given that my brain is wired for language, I find information like this very interesting. It's fascinating to find out where certain words and phrases originated. I suspect Lawdog's brain is wired in much the same way.