Uzbeks and Kazakhs August 5, 2008
Uzbeks and Kazakhs have a some kind of rivalry since ancient times, which (supposedly) continues to date. This can be seen in the everyday language that we, Uzbeks, use.
For example, in Uzbek the word “Are you stupid?” can be said in many different ways, the “correct” form of it being “Jinnimisan?”. But many people, at least in Tashkent, use “Qozoqmisan?” which literally means “Are you a Kazakh?” and which is the synonym of “Jinnimisan?”
You can not feel this rivalry in daily life, but the Uzbek language still resembles the old times.