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A musical genre originating in Bristol, UK in the 1990s. It was originally informally known by the British music press as "the Bristol sound". The music is characterized by downtempo beats, smooth synths and ethereal (usually female) vocals. The style combines elements of hip-hop and jazz with rock and shoegaze/dream pop. To a lesser extent, the sound also borrows from house and reggae.

Although these days there are few new trip-hop acts, the genre has been very influential upon countless hip-hop and electronica acts, such as DJ Shadow, Gorillaz, Air and pretty much all dubstep artists.
Notable trip-hop acts include Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky, Thievery Corporation and Zero 7.
by HallOfMirrors May 25, 2009
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A term used to denote people of South Asian ethnic origin. Such people usually have similar facial structure to Caucasians, and can have skin tone anywhere between the paleness of Caucasian people to the darkness of black people.
Regions in which the majority of the population are ethnically South Asian include India, eastern Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Guyana, Suriname, the United Arab Emirates and Trinidad.
In the UK, South Asians are often referred to simply as "Asians". Canadians of South Asian origin are often referred to as "Indo-Canadians". Historically, South Asians were referred to as "East Indians", but this is rarely used nowadays. Another common term used in North America to refer to South Asians is "Desi". The most common racial slur applied to South Asians in the UK is "Paki", although this slur is not restricted to South Asians, and can also be used to refer to people of Middle Eastern descent.
"It's so shit that since 9/11, loads of ignorant fucks in Europe and North America think that all South Asians are terrorists!"

"An example of how white people think all South Asians are the same, is that the majority of so-called "Indian" restaurants in the UK are run by people of Bangladeshi origin."
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1. An ethnic group who form the ethnic majority in the modern-day Islamic Republic of Iran (they make up about 51% of the country's population). They are also found in significant numbers in the UK, India and Gulf States, such as the United Arab Emirates.

2. A language traditionally spoken as a first language by Persians (see definition 1) as well as by Tajiks and the Hazara people of Afghanistan. Also known as Farsi, Parsi and Dari.

3. Before 1935, Iran was known as "Persia". When there was a country called Persia, its adjective was "Persian" and its citizens (regardless of ethnicity) were known as "Persians". Some people still falsely use the word in this way, in relation to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

4. A domestic breed of cat, notable for its long fur.

5. World-renowned rugs and carpets, exported from Iran to the rest of the world.
The Persian Empire, under various guises, existed from 728BCE until 1187CE. For much of its existence, it dominated Central Asia and was hugely influential upon the Islamic World.
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1. <adjective> Relating to the Punjab - a region covering part of Pakistan and part of India.

2. <noun> A South Asian ethnic group found predominantly in the Punjab. 90 million Punjabis live in Pakistan, 30 million in India, 2 million in the UK and just under 1 million in Canada. Most Punjabis are Muslims, although many are Sikhs and smaller numbers belong to other religions.

3. <noun> A language spoken by most Punjabis and also by many non-Punjabis living in India or Pakistan.

4. <noun> A term sometimes used as a racial slur to refer to people of South Asian origin. Also sometimes applied (perhaps mistakenly) to those not of South Asian origin, such as Arabs, Turks, Persians and Berbers.
1. "The Punjabi landscape is beautifully mountainous."

2. "My mother's a Punjabi and my father's a Pashtun."

3. "I don't speak Punjabi very well."

4. "Go back home, you stupid fat Punjabi!"
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A Canadian citizen or resident of South Asian/Desi ethnicity/descent. The biggest sub-groups of Indo-Canadians are Punjabi-Canadians, Tamil-Canadians and Gujurati-Canadians.
Indo-Canadians represent just over 3% of the population of Canada. Their biggest communities can be found in British Columbia and Ontario.
According to the Canadian census, 34% of Indo-Canadians are Sikhs, 27% are Hindus, 18% are Muslims and 17% are Christians.
Indo-Canadians don't just include people with ancestors from the Republic of India; but also those with ancestors from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, and more!
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Someone who tries to be hip by dressing gothic, with skinny black jeans, shirts, ties, waistcoats and sometimes make-up. Frequently found around Shoreditch, Hoxton and Camden in London. Listens to such music as The Horrors, S.C.U.M, Ulterior and Howling Bells, as well as such classic goth bands as The Cure and Siouxsie & the Banshees. Often smokes Black Devils: black, chocolate-flavoured cigarettes.
Cynic: "Look at those fucking lame-ass hipster goths! They think they're so cool and alternative, but really they're just following a trend!"

Admirer: "Look at those übercool hipster goths! They're so fashionable and so nonchalant!"
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A hipster who primarily listens to underground/experimental hip-hop (usually along with IDM, trip-hop and dubstep; often along with some mainstream hip-hop as well).
Often wears retro Nike trainers, gold chains (often comically oversized under the pretense of irony), wide-framed glasses (even if they don't need them to see) and skinny jeans. Also known to sport unusual haircuts, including afros, mohawks and buzz cuts.
Usually, Caucasian or East Asian, but often also black or mixed race. Regardless of race, always overuses supposedly "street" slang such as "dope", "ill", "sick" and "wack".
Hipster-hoppers typically listen to such artists as J Dilla, MF DOOM, Aesop Rock, Flying Lotus and those associated with anticon.
by HallOfMirrors June 6, 2009
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