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In connection with student associations of the 18th and 19th centuries, a disreputable reputation or abuse is an honor penalty with the character of a coercive measure, which was imposed by the country teams . The disrepute mostly affected individual students. But they were also used against people outside the university or even against an entire university.

Göttingen students in the Council of Disrepute (1818)

A disrepute against a university led to the student body moving out of the respective university town. This happened, for example, in Göttingen in 1809 after the gendarme affair , as a result of which a total of 418 of 615 students left the university for the winter semester after being entered in the disreputable lists.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Corps adopted the disrepute as a punishment in the SC comments , which regulated the coexistence of students at the university. This is why the disrepute is also called SC disrepute to this day. From 1818 it was used by the corps in particular in the disputes with the newly emerging fraternities , later also in the disputes with the progress movement .

As a penalty of honor, the disrepute means that the group pronouncing the disrepute undertakes to refrain from any contact with the person or person on whom the disrepute has been imposed. In terms of its effect, the disrepute can therefore best be compared with the modern boycott , an Anglo-Saxon definition from the period after 1880. The particular efficiency of the disrepute lies today, similar to the boycott, in the fact that legal violations and procedural errors only occur after the Sanction in a (mostly arbitration ) procedure or (in the absence of corresponding agreements) cannot be examined at all.

While the disreputation was taken very seriously by students in the early 19th century, a parody version for the beer table developed after 1848. Here, after the beer comment , the Beer Dispatch (BV) or the Beer Eight could also be imposed. On old pictures of student pubs you can see BV boards , some of which are decorated with artful carvings , on which the imposed beer sales were noted with chalk and deleted after the respective sanctions were enforced.

In modern language, the expression "disreputable" has survived in terms such as "disreputable bar " and the like. Ä. Also known is the expression "He fucked up on me".


Individual evidence

  1. For language use see also the lexicon entry in Krünitz on "Verruf": According to the Brothers Grimm ( German dictionary ) in the student language since 1515 as "Verschiß", from 1818/20 emergence of the finer sounding term "Verruf"
  2. ^ Franz Stadtmüller : History of the Corps Hannovera zu Göttingen 1809-1959. P. 34 ff.