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A.Word.A.Day--chav

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chav (chav) noun

A youth whose behavior is marked by ignorance, aggression, and a fondness for jewelry and clothing.

[Of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Romany chav (child) or from shortening of Chatham, the name of a town in Kent, UK. The first print citation of the term in the OED is from a 2002 article in The Observer (London).]

"Colleagues who have nothing to do with their lives and visited Paceville this week could not notice any marked demographic drop in the number of yobs and chavs that visit Paceville."
Saviour Balzan; Katyusha Politics and the Great Stampede; Malta Today; Dec 9, 2007.

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I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. -Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)

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