Do you mongo?
November 3, 2010 9:50 PM Subscribe
"One of the categories of garbage
posted by liketitanic (87 comments total)
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has its own word in New York City, but it’s a category found everywhere that there is trash. There are things people will put out for discard: they’re done with it, they don’t want to see it again. Somebody else looks at that same object and says, “Whoa, wait a minute. That’s pretty nice. I want to keep that.” Those two chairs you’re sitting in were on the curb to be thrown out. They’re pretty nice chairs. I’m happy to have them. In New York, that’s called mongo. It’s a noun and a verb: those are mongo. People who take things from the trash to keep are mongoing. "
NYU anthropologist Robin Nagle writes about trash and performs ethnographic studies of the lives of sanitation workers.
She's also the Anthropologist-in-Residence
for the NYC Department of Sanitation.