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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."
by HallOfMirrors June 06, 2009

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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 ├╝bercool hipster goths! They're so fashionable and so nonchalant!"
by HallOfMirrors April 03, 2009

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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 fairly vague geographic term that refers to the middle (in terms of latitude) of the Asian continent.

The term usually includes Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan,Turkmenistan and Mongolia. More broadly, the term can include Afghanistan, northwestern China, parts of southern Russia and, less, commonly, Iran.
Guy 1: "I went on holiday to Central Asia last February."
Guy 2: "Central Asia? What's that, like Nepal?"
Guy 1: "No man, Nepal's not in Central Asia, I went to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan."
Guy 2: "What the fuck? There's a country called Kyrgyzstan?!"
Guy 1: "Yeah man, it's a great little country!"
by HallOfMirrors June 06, 2009

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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 06, 2009

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Dream pop is a musical genre closely related to shoegaze, which originated in 1980s Britain with bands like the Cocteau Twins. It tends to be less associated with the walls of noise characteristic of shoegaze, and more with dreamy soundscapes and ethereal vocals. The vocals in dream pop tend to be more audible than those in shoegaze. The songs in general tend to have a more accessible, pop-orientated sound, and are less aggressive.

Many people erroneously use "dream pop" as a synonym for shoegaze. Some also argue that dream pop is in fact a subgenre of shoegaze.
Broken Social Scene, Yo La Tengo, Asobi Seksu, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and Lush have all been associated with the term "dream pop".
by HallOfMirrors May 27, 2009

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Arabs form a distinct yet diverse ethnic group, unified by the fact that most (although not all) speak one of the many dialects of the Arabic language. The majority of Arabs are Muslims, although many are Christians, and a small but growing number are atheists.
Countries in which the majority of the population are ethnically Arabs include Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen, Oman and Kuwait.
There are also approximately 12 million Arabs in Brazil, 1.4 million in the State of Israel and 1.2 million in the USA. In the USA, only 24% of Arabs are Muslims, while 63% are Christians (most of the rest are nonreligious).
Only about 2% of the population of Iran are Arabs, with the majority of the population being Persians (who are completely different to Arabs). Less than 1% of the population of Afghanistan are Arabs, with the majority being Pashtuns (who are also completely different).
"French soccer player Zinedine Zidane is a Berber, not an Arab."

"Barack Obama is not, by any definition, an Arab. However, alternative candidate for US president Ralph Nader is an Arab. Not that such a fact should alter ones opinion of him."
by HallOfMirrors June 06, 2009

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