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hanko

hanko  n.— «They knew that the container had been shipped from South Africa, but they didn’t know precisely where the ivory—532 tusks and more than 42,000 small cylinders called hankos—came from.» —“La Isabela’s Final...

lockup

lockup  n.— «Remember that tomorrow we’ll have everything that you need on the Budget, the National Budget and don’t miss the Money website. One minute past two our intrepid reporters, three of them, who are inside the lockup, as it is...

vat and sit

vat and sit  v. phr.— «She said most women preferred civil marriages, followed by customary and then living together without legal bindings or “vat and sit” as it is known.» —“Where have all the good men gone?” by Futhi...

sermo-mercial

sermo-mercial  n.— «Church pastors have won trips to London and $1000 by mentioning Disney’s film The Chronicles of Narnia in their sermons. That contest staged by a Christian marketing firm has coined the term “sermo-mercial”...

jackrolling

jackrolling  n.— «In a related survey conducted among 1,500 schoolchildren in the Soweto township, a quarter of all the boys interviewed said that “jackrolling”—a South African term for recreational gang rape—was fun.» —“South...

baby dyke

baby dyke  n.— «But the times, they are a changing. I am what is called a baby dyke (a lesbian under 24) and part of a new generation, who still care about women’s rights, but rally just as ferociously for MAC lipstick, Angelina Jolie and...

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