A "gang" is a group of people. This word is often used for criminal groups or for youngsters who organize themselves into a group. In the United States, some inner-city kids take great pride in being a part of a gang. They join when they are teenagers and remain in the gang well into adulthood. The presence of gangs in a community is generally considered to be a problem.
Sometimes the word "gang" is used in greeting or referring to a large group of people. In this case, it’s quite different from the use of the word cited above:
Note: Some gangs identify themselves in a neighborhood through the use of graffiti or "tagging." If you see graffiti in the place where you live, it often means there is some kind of a gang present. Some gangs are harmless, but some are a serious problem for communities and for parents whose children choose to join a gang.
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Published on May 30, 2012