Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Slang Primer No. 5

Herewith the fifth in an ongoing series of entries on slang, this one drawn from Robert L. Chapman's marvelous "Dictionary of American Slang (Third Edition)."
(1) noun: British armed forces by 1880: The penis. "Now why don't you pull the weight down with your dick" -- Robert B. Parker (2) verb: By 1940s: To do the sex act with. "If he went and dicked your twelve-year-old sister . . . he wouldn't tell you all about it" -- Richard Merkin; "He was dicking everything that wiggled" -- Robert B. Parker (3.) verb: By 1940s: To potter or meddle; play. "That's federal merchanise you're dicking with, right, marshal?" -- W.T. Tyler; " . . . still in the kitchen, dicking around with the sushi" -- Armistead Maupin (4.) noun: By 1960s: A despised person. "You dick!" -- Cameron Crowe

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