Word of the Day: slum

Word of the Day
March 23, 2016
slum (noun)
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A slum, often in the plural form slums, is a usually an overpopulated part of a city where people live in extremely poor conditions. The word is common, but inhabitants of these areas often do not like their neighborhood to be referred to this way because of its derogatory connotation. Slum is used figuratively to talk about any place where living conditions are unpleasant or dirty.

 

Example sentences
 
Many poor people live in the slums and can't afford to move to a different neighborhood.
You should see her house; it's an absolute slum!

 

Words often used with slum
 
slum conditions: the conditions of living in a slum
slum-dweller: a person who lives in a slum
slumlord: an informal way to refer to a landlord who owns slum properties and rents them out to people
 
Multi-word forms
 
slum it: to visit places below your social status or to put up with standards of comfort that are less than you are used to; this informal expression is common, especially among younger people, but some people consider it offensive. Example: "I know the accommodation isn't very good, but we can manage to slum it for a couple of nights, can't we?"
 
Did you know?
 
Brazil is especially known for its slums, which are called favelas in Portuguese (and often referred to with that word in English). In Rio de Janeiro, a few of these neighborhoods have some of the best views in the city, and many foreigners are buying houses in them.
 
Other forms
 
slummer (noun)
 
Origin
 
Slum dates back to the early 19th century, but its origins are uncertain.
 
 
 
 
 
Slum in other languages
 
 
 
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