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Some people praised the contest, dubbed "Pimp My Cart!," as a fresh way to reach kids and give flash to the decidedly undecorated carts that move books around the library. Others abhor the casual use of pimp, even if the verb form of the word now can mean to make something look sharp and new.
"To use that terminology," said Kit McNally, who runs a Milwaukee program that works with former prostitutes, "shows a woeful ignorance of the disastrous effect pimping has on women and girls."