Why was clemency trending last week?
derogatory for "Vietnamese," 1969, U.S. military slang, of uncertain origin.
acronym for double income, no kids, popular from 1987.
To make small exasperating movements, tennis shots, etc •First example may reflect 1920s dinky, ''a trolley car having a short route'': after finding that the campaign was dinking along like a Toonerville trolley/ They're not letting the combination dink them into submission anymore/ He dinked the kid to death with left-handed backspin junk (1939+ Tennis)
[Vietnam War armed forces; related to Australian Dink, ''a Chinese,'' perhaps fr dinge or fr Chink]
A yacht's tender; dinghy
[1900+; probably fr dinghy]
One of a childless couple, both of whom are employed: a friend referred to two young professionals as ''a couple of dinks''
[1986+; acronym fr double income no kids]
/dink/ Said of a machine that has the bitty box nature; a machine too small to be worth bothering with - sometimes the system you're currently forced to work on. First heard from an MIT hacker working on a CP/M system with 64K, in reference to any 6502 system, then from fans of 32 bit architectures about 16-bit machines. "GNUMACS will never work on that dink machine." Probably derived from mainstream "dinky", which isn't sufficiently pejorative.