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breast ironing

breast ironing  n.— «This practice, referred to as “breast ironing,” occurs extensively in the 10 provinces of Cameroon. In an effort to prevent adolescent breasts from developing, implements such as grinding stones, pestles...

hool

hool  n.— «South Africa has no laws similar to Germany’s outlawing the display of racist symbols such as the swastika, but Fifa president Sepp Blatter has held the ultimate threat over the heads of the “hools,” as they call...

wah-wah

wah-wah  n.— «Going into Wah-Wah, the pungent and poignant memoir from actor Richard E. Grant about coming of age in colonial Swaziland, you might assume that the title is a Bantu word. It’s of American coinage and refers to the huffy...

boda-boda

boda-boda  n.— «It costs a mere 20 shillings (about R3) to travel across Kisumu on a bicycle; matatu rates are double that. And, bikes are everywhere—the ringing of their bells and the crunch of wheels on dirt the dominant sounds in towns...

dop system

dop system  n.— «Experts say the culture of drinking is the legacy of exploitation by white farmers. In the past, workers were routinely given wine in lieu of pay, a practice known as the “dop system.” This was banned in the...

couch

couch  n.— «Just about every Harley model was on display, from customised low-riders to enormous, well-upholstered cruisers. These behemoths, which tend to be ridden by equally well-upholstered middle-aged men, are jokingly referred to as...

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