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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Definitions for boondocks

  1. A remote rural area (usually preceded by "the.")
  2. An uninhabited area with thick natural vegetation, as a backwoods or marsh.

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Citations for boondocks
His is the version we have all read, the version I read as a schoolboy in the boondocks some twenty years ago. Albert Camus, Matthew Ward, "Translator's note," The Stranger
They keep passing him and he remains alone, blotted to the evening by velvet and buckskin-if they do see him his image is shunted immediately out to the boondocks of the brain where it remains in exile with other critters of the night. Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's rainbow
Origin of boondocks
1940-1945
Boondocks finds its way into English from the Tagalog word bundok, "mountain." Adopted by occupying American soldiers in the Philippines to designate a "remote and wild place."