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I live in Washington, DC with 1 cat named Pixel, 6 cameras, 3 computers, 158 movies, 286 books, and 1 bowling pin. I own the Design Foundry and pretend to be a graphic designer by day.

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Definition: Boondocks / July 1, 2004

Slang term to define a rural area.
Derived from the Tagalog word bundok, meaning mountain.
Became part of American vocabulary during the Philippine-American War. Mountainous terrain offered refuge and strategic advantages to Filipinos fighting for their country’s independence, and patrolling the boondocks became a common task for the U.S. military as it sought to eliminate resistance to U.S. rule. The boondocks were a contested terrain. They were bases of resistance. In American usage the word means hinterland, back country, or a remote and underdeveloped area.

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  1. May I add something to it: according to the “unpopular for its cheap, illiterate muslim protests” but approximately over 300 Millions of Indonesians and its bahasa Melayu including countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and South of Thailand and maybe Madagascar: the word PONDOK means simply Village, like in French as well.(comme en fran?ais, eh?) Dieses m?sste die Welt endlich geh?rt haben! Grazzie Mille.

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