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Like others here I was unfamiliar with the word "spiggoty" and assumed that in the film, the comment about the word "spigot" was a reference to the slightly (but not very) similar-sounding slur "spic". However, when I checked in the Oxford English Dictionary whether it was true that "spic" was derived from "...


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The interaction was probably intended to be humorous. The character who claimed the word is racist was probably meant to be confusing spigot with a certain racial slur for a person of Hispanic origins that begins with s. This may have been meant to deride people who consider the term niggardly to be racist, despite the word having no etymological connection ...


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In medicine, an "underlying condition" is a pre-existing medical condition that contributes to an outcome. A condition is referred to as "underlying" when is not the immediate focus of the study or treatment. Example: Two people are exposed to identical levels of gas. The gas is not poisonous at these levels, but one of the two people ...


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“particularly the Chinese” means to a greater degree for that subgroup, but it also applies to other “Asian culture” to a lesser degree.


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He's leaning, maybe about to fall. American Heritage Dictionary "list" 3. list (verb) To lean or cause to lean to the side: The damaged ship listed badly to starboard.


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Flag here is a warning that the authorities believe a rules violation has occurred. It is a sports metaphor deriving from the conventional meaning of flag as a piece of cloth that is used as a symbol or signal of something. Specifically, the usage comes from American football (other sports like lacrosse also use flags, but football is by far the most popular)...


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A "flag" can mean "A marker used to indicate that an item needs further attention". For example in my email, I can put a flag on an email to remind myself that that email contains something that I will need to do. Here the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has put a flag (figuratively) on the campaign, it means that the FEC will need to ...


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"Particularly" means "especially". When we say "Asian culture, particularly Chinese culture", "Asian culture, especially Chinese culture", or "Asian culture, in particular Chinese culture", our statement applies to Asian culture generally but it applies even more strongly to Chinese culture. Lexico has three ...


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