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Riceburner

analogy; compounding
A flashy, souped-up car driven by young, Asian, gangster wannabes, such as seen in the movie Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift.
 
This term likely comes from the conjunction of the fact that these vehicles consume (burn) a lot of fuel, and since they are popular among a subset of the Asian community, associated with rice, a staple food in much of Asia. This formation employs both metaphor and metonymy in describing the people and the car. The compound accurately describes this specific vehicle associated with a particular people.
Etymology : From 'rice', metaphor for Asians, and 'burn' metonymy for a gas-guzzling car.
Source : Spoken language, 10/15/11
Last modified: 2 December 2011


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