Slum vs Township - What's the difference?
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.
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 [...].
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.
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 "
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.
1978: A Dictionary of South African English edited by Jean Branford. Oxford.