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 n.— «Called ho-wop, the vocals are crooning and the beats smooth but the lyrics will not win any decency awards. Arguably the first song of its kind is Eamon Doyle’s F*** It (I Don’t Want You Back), a harsh break-up song liberally studded with swear words.» —“S’cuse me, are you a man-ho?” by Jill Alphonso Straits Times (Singapore) July 14, 2004. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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