Slum vs Township - What's the difference?

slum | township |


As nouns the difference between slum and township

is that slum is a dilapidated neighborhood where many people live in a state of poverty while township is the territory of a town; a subdivision of a county.

As a verb slum

is to visit a neighborhood of a status below one's own.

slum

English

(wikipedia slum)

Noun

(en noun)
  • A dilapidated neighborhood where many people live in a state of poverty.
  • Go to the half built-upon slums behind Battlebridge [...] you will find groups of boys [...] squatting in the mud, among the rubbish, the broken bricks, the dust-heaps, and the fragments of timber [...].
  • :*Charles Dickens, Gambling .
  • Derived terms

    * slumdog * slumdom

    Verb

    (slumm)
  • To visit a neighborhood of a status below one's own.
  • To associate with people or engage in activities with a status below one's own.
  • Anagrams

    *

    township

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The territory of a town; a subdivision of a county.
  • An area set aside for nonwhite occupation.
  • A nonwhite (usually subeconomic) area attached to a city.
  • * 1972', ''Daily Dispatch'': "In addition, the council has completed the planning of a new Coloured '''township''' on the site of the existing African ' township "
  • Descendants

    * Portuguese:

    Usage notes

    In the U.S., the term "township" refers to a division of a county, and may include one or more towns, villages, hamlets, or small cities. It may also be an administrative district for an unincorporated rural area. The exact nature of a township, and its role in local administration, differs from state to state.

    References

    1978: A Dictionary of South African English edited by Jean Branford. Oxford. ----