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Juggalo

The term Juggalo is a relatively new word that has not yet made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary, though it is in common usage. We will look at the meaning of the word Juggalo, the circumstances that spawned the word and who first used it. In addition, we will examine a few examples of its use in sentences.

A Juggalo is a fan of the hip hop group Insane Clown Posse and other musical groups associated with Psychopathic records. Juggalos paint their faces with clown makeup like the members of the Insane Clown Posse, and have a reputation for rowdiness. In fact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation designated Juggalos as a loosely-knit gang. The American Civil Liberty Union has stepped in to challenge that classification. The term Juggalo was coined in 1994 by Insane Clown Posse performer Violet J when he called the audience Juggalos during a live rendition of a song called The Juggla. The female counterpart of a Juggalo is a Juggalette. The plural form of Juggalo is Juggalos. Note that the term is capitalized.


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Examples

We’ve had an album censored and then yanked from stores by Disney, been completely slaughtered by music critics despite selling over 12 million albums and, for the first time in music history, had our entire fanbase—The Juggalos—officially labeled a “hybrid gang” by the FBI, which to this day continues to have thousands of horror rap–loving fans added to a punishing gang database simply for sporting our logos in public, whether it’s a tattoo, T-shirt or even something as simple as a car window sticker. (TIME Magazine)

Some Juggalos certainly use drugs and commit crimes, but so do fans of other rock and rap bands, and most do not, according to Donny “The DRP” Polenske, a horrorcore rapper and promoter and sometime Juggalo himself. (The Greenbay Press-Gazette)

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