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Apr 30, 2013
This week's theme
Words borrowed from other languages

This week's words
mojo
boondocks
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boondocks

PRONUNCIATION:
(BOON-doks)

MEANING:
noun: Rough country; backwoods.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Tagalog bundok (mountain). Earliest documented use: 1944.

USAGE:
"No one uses landlines to make or receive a call any more, unless you live in the boondocks, far away from cell phone towers."
Dilip Bobb; Extinct in Our Time; Financial Express (New Delhi, India); Mar 31, 2013.

See more usage examples of boondocks in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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