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leitkultur

leitkultur  n.— «There has been much talk in recent months of the emerging Spasskultur—roughly translatable as “fun ethos,” and not to be confused with Leitkultur. The latter is an undefined mishmash of traditional German...

Foblish

Foblish  n.— «Or you are just speaking “foblish.” Foblish=Fob’s English. Fob = L.A. people’s term for new immigrants that can’t speak English correctly.» —T Today (Taipei, Taiwan) Oct. 2, 2002. (source: Double...

bajadero

bajadero  n.— «Since the black market abhors a vacuum, it was perhaps inevitable that the border would see the rise of the bajadero—loosely translated, a chicken-stealing member of the underworld, who makes money kidnapping illegal...

drop house

drop house  n.— «Immigrants who are smuggled into the country typically are held at so-called drop houses until relatives pay their smuggling fees.» —“Many in ‘drop house’ headed East” by Maria T. Garcia Press...

cheddar

cheddar  n.— «Chicanos and immigrants use derisive terms for each other, including pocho (a term immigrants use for U.S.-born Latinos who don’t speak Spanish) and “cheddar” (for new arrivals who sprinkle cheese on their food or...

lipotourism

lipotourism  n.— «Immigrants in New York City often develop and maintain commercial ties to their homelands. But this particular link, a dangerous version of what has come to be known as “lipotourism,” is one of the more...