from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lightweight protective helmet, usually of metal or reinforced plastic, worn by workers in industrial settings.
  • noun Informal A construction worker.
  • noun An ultraconservative.
  • noun An extremely patriotic person with a conventional, usually unquestioning sense of morality.
  • adjective Relating to heavy industry, construction, or demolition.
  • adjective Informal Of, relating to, or characterized by extreme conservatism.
  • adjective Slang Extremely patriotic.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of hard hat.


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  • "The generally agreed upon flag of our nation is black with a red, five pointed star behind a green marijuana leaf in the center. It is used by groups that understand the correct use of culture and symbolism in a revolutionary struggle. When displayed, it immediately increases the feelings of solidarity between our brothers and sisters. High school kids have had great fights over which flag to salute in school. A sign of any liberated zone is the flag being flown. Rock concerts and festivals have their generally apolitical character instantly changed when the flag is displayed. The political theoreticians who do not recognize the flag and the importance of the culture it represents are ostriches who are ignorant of basic human nature. Throughout history people have fought for religion, life-style, land, a flag (nation), because they were ordered to, for fortune, because they were attacked or for the hell of it. If you don't think the flag is important, ask the hardhats."

    - Abbie Hoffman, 'Steal This Book', 1971.

    February 18, 2009