EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Blend of Chicago +‎ Iraq, coined by South Side rappers comparing the frequency of shootings in Chicago and in Iraq.

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Proper nounEdit

Chiraq

  1. (US, slang, derogatory) Chicago, especially those parts in the South Side subject to a large amount of violence.
    • 2014, Rumont Tekay, Venom In My Veinz
      Seeing too much of anything in Chiraq streets could be hazardous to anyone's health
    • 2015, Jimmy Chan, Don't Kill the Messenger 69...The Chronicles of Fo
      Welcome to Chiraq
      Chitown
      My town
    • 2017, Steve Ventura, ‎Martin Bailkey, Good Food, Strong Communities (page 235)
      When the south and west sides of Chicago are covered in the media, for instance, they are often described using infamous terms such as Chiraq and food deserts. Chiraq, a portmanteau of Chicago and Iraq, is used as code to refer to the violence and poverty of these neighborhoods.
    • 2018, Shatiera Holman, Equality Ain't Equal
      He met his wife and never thought about moving back to Chiraq.

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