lifehack (noun) A somber acknowledgement that while life itself is mostly boredom, disappointment and heartbreak, you can at least use up some of life's many hours with different ways to peel garlic or organize your closet shelves.

subretweet (noun, verb) The act of repeating a vague insult in hopes that the person making the vague insult will begin reading your messages on a social media network.

crack (noun) A form of smokable cocaine long popular with impoverished urban blacks, and now widely used by wealthy North American conservative politicians from the suburbs.

mall (noun) A place where Americans shoot each other. See also: school, airport, house, apartment, parking lot, university, workplace, supermarket, hospital, nightclub, indoors, and outdoors.

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