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K

"Okay." [Cont] Pronounced "kay." It was seen written lately "k so whats my point."


Kaput

"Dead, Broken." This was brought back to English by WWII soldiers from the German "kaputt" = "broken."


Kayo

Phonetic pronunciation of "ko." See "ko."


KD, Kay Dee

"Knock Down." From boxing terminology. Different from a "ko" in that one gets up from a "kd" before being declared "out." See "ko."


Keep

"To Retain Possession Of." From the Middle English forms "kepen" and "kipen," both meaning "to keep." These derive from the Anglo-Saxon "cepan," with the same meaning. The word is related to the Latin "capio" and "copia," all thought to derive from a Proto-Indo-European root "kap" = "to grasp."


Ken

"Knowing, Range of Knowledge." Idiomatically known through the phrase "beyond my ken." It was more popular in Middle English, it is related to the Middle English "kennen" = "to know," which is derived from the Anglo-Saxon "cennen" of the same meaning. It is also related to the German "kennen" and Icelandic "kenna," both with the same meaning.


Ken

"to Know." A Scottish Doric word. See "ken" (s).


Kevork

"to Kill." An eponymn after Dr. Jack Kevorkian. See "kevorkian."


Kevorkian

"To Euthanise, Assist in Suicide; Commit Suicide; Kill." An eponymn after Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Sometimes shortened to "kevork." Jack Kevorkian was a doctor who battled for the legal rights of euthanasia and helped many sick people end their lives against and despite the law.


Key

"Kilo, Kilogram." Usually as a measure of cocaine. See "ki."


Khaki

"A Light Brown Colour." This word was borrowed from the Urdu, where it meant "dusty."


Ki

"Kilo, Kilogram." Usually as a measure of cocaine. See "key."


KIA

"Killed In Action." A millitary abbreviation which has entered common parlance. See also "mia."


Kicked

"Dead." Used particularly in drug culture pertaining to bongs or bowls of marijuana, i.e.: "Is it kicked yet?" = "Is there any left?" The term is a shortening of the phrase "to Kick the Bucket," meaning "to Die."


Killa, Killah

"Killer." [DV] From Black Vernacular. For instance, "Killah Priest," "Masta Killa," "Killa Tactics" and "Killa Tay."


Killkenny Cats

"Two Opposing Sides That Fight Until Both Are Destroyed." Particularly used idiomatically in "to fight like Killkenny cats." From the fables cats of Killkenny, Ireland. They are seen in the limerick :
There wanst was two cats of Kilkenny
Each cat thought there was one cat too many
So they fought and they fit
And they scratched and they bit
'Til instead of two cats there weren't any.
The origin is debated, but the common story is that Hessian troops stationed in Killkenny during the Irish revolution used to tie two cats together so they would fight to the death. An officer once approached while the troops were watching a fight, so a soldier quickily cut their tails with a sword and the cats ran off, but the soldiers had to explain the two bloody tails. They explained that two cats had fought till naught remained but their tails.


Killt

"Killed." [DV] A Black Vernacular irregular past tense of "kill" that looks straight out of Middle English. For example "cause he killt whoever he wanted..."


Kinah

"Kind Of." [DV][Cont.] As in "That don' make no kinah sense."


Kinda'

"Kind Of." [Cont]


Kindsa

"Kinds Of." [Cont][DV] As seen: "thank you, i love these kindsa articles!" and "doin all kindsa naaaaasty operations."


KISS

"Keep It Simple, Stupid." An internet abbreviation.


Klepto

"Kleptomaniac." [Cont] See "kleptomaniac."


Kleptocracy

"a Government Characterised by Greed and Corruption." From the Greek roots "kleptein" = "to steal" and "krateo" = "to rule, hold sway"


Kleptolagnia

"Sexual Excitement from Theft." From the Greek roots "kleptein" = "to steal" and "lagneia" = "coition, intercourse"


Kleptomania

"Pathologically Inclined to Steal." This is pseudo-Greek, from the words "klepto," meaning "to steal," and "mania," meaning "madness; enthusiasm or inspired frenzy." See "mania."


Kleptophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Stealing, Theives or Loss by Theft." Also spelled "cleptophobia." From the Greek root "klepto" = "to steal" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Klutz

"Clumsy or Stupid Person." This comes from the Yiddish "klots" or "klotz," meaning "an ungraceful or awkward person." The Yiddish comes from the Middle High German "kloz" = "lump."


Knahmean?

A variant of "na'mean?"


Knahmsayin?

A variant of "na'msayin?"


Kno

"Know." An Ebonic corruption.


Known

"Knew." [DV] In Black Vernacular, "known" is sometimes substituted for "knew," as in "I known I could get better."


KO, Kayo

"Knock Out." From boxing terminology, pronounced, and often written, as "kayo," as in "He kayoed the bitch" = "he knocked the guy out." See also "kd."


Kollage

"Collage." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling.


Kollective

"Collective." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling, generally used as a noun, not adjective.


Koncrete

"Concrete." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling. The term "koncrete jungle" refers to the inner city, for example.


Koniology

"The Study of Dust and Other Particles in the Air." From the Greek root "konia" = "dust" and the suffix "-ology." See "-ology."


Koniophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Dust." From the Greek root "konia" = "dust" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Kontroversy

"Controversy." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling. Note also "kontroversial."


Kopophilia

"Arousal From Physical or Mental Exhaustion." From the Greek "kopiao" = "to be weary" and the suffix "-philia." See "-philia."


Kopophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Physical or Mental Exhaustion." From the Greek "kopiao" = "to be weary" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Koprolagnia

Variant of "coprolagnia." See "coprolagnia." This form is much rarer. It was used by Kraft Ebbing in Psychopathia Sexualis in 1938.


Korigger

"Korean Nigger." Pronounced like "co-rigger," a derogatory word used to refer to ethnic Koreans who adopt African-American "gangsta" rap style. It is apparently based on wigger, meaning "white nigger." See also "wigger," "jigger" and "chigger."


Kosher

"Acceptable; Fit, Proper; Good; Orthodox." From the Hebrew "kosher" (Kaph, Shin, Resh), meaning "fit, proper, legitimate." The word entered common parlance through its use in relation to Hebrew dietary law, where acceptable foods were labelled "kosher."


Kracka, Kraka, etc.

(s) See "cracker."


Krazy, Krazie, Krazee

"Crazy." [DV] Black Vernacular spellings. Note "Ghetto got me Krazy" by Agerman, "3xKrazy," "House of Krazees," "Krazy Klan" and "Krazie Bone."


Kranky

"In a Bad Mood." This ultimately comes from the German word "krank" = "sick," probably through Yiddish, which also has "krank" with the same meaning.


Krew

"Crew." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling. See "cru."


Kriminal

"Criminal." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling. For example, "Kriminal Minded" by Assassin.


Kritikal

"Critical." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling.


Kronik

See "chronic."


Kudize

"To Praise for Achievements." From "kudos." See "kudos."


Kudo

An improper singular form of "kudos," which is actually already singular. See "kudos."


Kudos

"Exclaim or Praise For Exceptional Achievement; To Praise." From the Greek "kudos" = "glory."


Kulcha

"Culture." [DV] (No, not the Indian bread.) From the Jamaican dialect. See "culcha."


Kulture, Kultur

"Culture." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling. See also "culcha" and "kulcha."


Kurupt

"Corrupt." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling. There is an artist that goes by this name. Note also "Kurupt Money" by AG.


Kymatology

"The Study of Waves and Wave Motion." From the Greek "kuma" = "wave" and the suffix "-ology." See "-ology."


Kymophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Waves." Also "cymophobia." From the Greek "kumo-" a combining form of "kuma" = "wave" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."





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