Some people remarked on my use of the term ‘chud’ when describing former Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor Daniel Barenboim in a recent post. I was kidding around with the term, but in case anyone was wondering about the exact definition, here it is (via Wikipedia):
Chud is a term referring to urban homeless people, especially those who dwell in the tunnels, sewers and subway corridors beneath New York City. The term “C.H.U.D.” was coined in a B-movie horror flick of the same name, and was originally an acronym representing the phrase “Cannibalistic Humanoid, Underground Dweller.”
OK–perhaps ‘chud’ isn’t the right word for Mr. Barenboim. He does look a little like someone dragged him out of the sewer and slapped a suit coat on him here, though, doesn’t he?