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swankienda

swankienda n. a mansion or large house. Editorial Note: This term appears to be special to the Houston, Texas, area, but has also spread elsewhere. Etymological Note: swanky + Sp. hacienda. Journalist Maxine Mesinger is often credited with the coinage. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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