I once read a Hungarian (I believe) fairytale about a girl named Ribike. You can find it here: http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com/2019/04/c-is-for-currant-girl-to-z-challenge.html?m=1 It’s said that the heroine’s name was derived from the word “currant”. So I used it as a nickname once and was told that “ribike” actually means something sex-related in Hungarian. Is it true? Is there a word “ribike” in Hungarian at all? I haven’t found anything in the dictionary, but it decided to check if it’s maybe some sort of slang. Thanks a lot!

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    Well, ribes is the Latin word for currant, so it seems at least plausible. May 14 '19 at 16:00
  • And in Austrian German, currants are Ribisel, a loan from Latin or Italian. May 15 '19 at 8:50
  • Well, "ribizli" means "currant", "ribanc" means "slut", "ribi" is its slang. And "ribike" is something like "little slut". -ka/-ke works like the english -let or spanish -ito/-ita. (e.g. pig->piglet)
    – Nyos
    Apr 17 '20 at 2:46

Wikipedia gives Magyar ribiszke for the members of the currant family Ribes.

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