Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Dec 14 17:47:10 UTC 2001

> A news report, which is available at
>, states that an
> 83-year-old Australian man stabbed his wife to death because she called him
> a "mong."
> What is a "mong"?

Presumably this would be Australian slang _mong_ 'a desicable person',
ultimately from _mongrel_, and not to be confused with British slang
_mong_ 'an idiot; fool', from _Mongol_.

Jesse Sheidlower
Oxford English Dictionary

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