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The technical definition is an adjective used to describe something as cheap or inferior. New Yorkers use it as a term encompassing all of the souvenirs sold in Times Square that tourists take home with them to remind them of their trip to New York City. (I mean, what else would you call a melamine ash tray shaped like a yellow taxi?) AKA kitsch. Individual items of schlock or kitsch are known as tchotchkes.

1. Beer coat: (n) The cheap coat you now wear when you go to get drunk because you blacked out and left your nice coat somewhere the last time you went out. Also, could be the cheap coat you now wear because some sketch ball stole your coat while you were only buzzing at a house party.

A reference to the relatively laid-back pace of the city.

Slang for a member of the Bloods, a gang whose members wear red.

1. Normally a small strip of land that separates two bodies of water, 'isthmus' often refers to the city of Madison itself, which is indeed an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona. "The Isthmus" is also a local newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin.

2. A weekly Madison newspaper published on Thursdays. The paper includes local news, restaurant listings, movie times and reviews, a community guide, classifieds and personals. The paper is well-known for having a liberal slant.