from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The supposed danger posed to Western interests by the increasing population of Asian peoples, especially as depicted in print media in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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  • noun derogatory, racially offensive, sometimes capitalized The alleged threat to Western nations by East Asians, especially Chinese or Japanese people, due to their vast population, non-Western cultures, or supposed antagonism to the West.
  • noun derogatory, racially offensive, sometimes capitalized East Asian nations or peoples, conceived as threatening.

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  • noun the threat to Western civilization said to arise from the power of Asiatic peoples


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  • See Giuseppe Concone and his books of vocal studies.

    And in slang, they say, a traffic warden (Britain) and a school bus (Quebec).

    The older (late-19th and early-20th-century) usage is far less attractive. Ok, positively racist.

    April 6, 2008

  • Also nickname of a reasonably well-known sculpture in Melbourne. It was commissioned for the city square and unveiled in 1980. The public hated 'Vault' and pilloried it mercilessly until the city council moved its ugliness to a less prominent location, where graffiti vandals and homeless people at least get some use out of it. Looks like this .

    April 6, 2008

  • Ah yes. Not even fun to climb on.

    April 6, 2008

  • Haha! Reminds me of the Rocky statue in Philadelphia. It was shuttled from place to place as well.

    April 7, 2008