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cholo

cholo  n.— «“I keep telling Cesar: ‘This is your month. You’re going to be the next American cholo all-star,’” Mr. Jimenez said, using the slang for Mexican gangster.» —“Casting a Gang Member? Call Suspect...

Arrayan

Arrayan  n.— «“There was so much Arrayan talk going on back then,” he said. “Aryan?” I asked, wondering if in addition to the many sins of the dot-com era, there had been some sort of overt component of fascism...

laughing room

laughing room  n.— «Let me put it another way: unless Times editors have overcome several decades of their own inertia, readers on Tuesday will find a prominent story serving the pecuniary interests of three privately controlled companies...

Taig

Taig  n.— «If guns are made for shooting, then skulls are made to crack. You’ve never seen a better Taig than with a bullet in his back.» —“In Belfast, Joblessness And a Poisonous Mood” by Bernard Wienraub New York...

young-old

young-old  n.— «Another meaningful division of the life cycle is now appearing in the rise of the young-old, a group drawn mainly from the 55-to-75 age group. The young-old are distinguished from the middle-aged primarily by retirement...

dub

dub  n.— «Dub, a niche car magazine,…took its name from street slang for 20—as in a double-dime bag of marijuana—because when it was founded most oversize wheels were 20 inches in diameter… G.M. became the first big carmaker...