The city has always been great—deprecating "Second City" references aside—but now it's finally hip.
There are references to other genocides, other problems in the world.
To turn the tables, imagine if these public conversations were liberally sprinkled with references to fashion, or yoga.
1580s, "act of referring," from refer + -ance, or else from French référence, from Medieval Latin *referentia, from Latin referentem (nominative referens), present participle of referre (see refer). Meaning "direction to a book or passage" is recorded from 1610s. Meaning "testimonial" is from 1895. Reference book dates from 1808. Phrase in reference to is attested from 1590s.
1620s, "to assign;" as "to provide with a reference," 1837 (implied in referenced), from reference (n.). Related: Referencing.