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boondocks \BOON-doks\, noun:

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

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.”

Somewhere in the boondocks of Minnesota, a young man dreams of Paris.


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