Nip (verb)– to catch hold of and squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points

(noun)– a small quantity of liquor

(noun)- an ethnic slur against people of Japanese descent and origin

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Spic (noun)– an offensive word for a person of Hispanic background in the U.S.

Setting my goal at the beginning of this year to read 40 books in 2015, I’m on book 38. I just finished reading Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World, in which I learned the word “spic.” Other biographies I read this year include Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, and The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport.