"let's smoke a L"

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Mar 11 21:46:04 UTC 2003

>My younger brother says this phrase is showing up regularly in
>hip-hop/rap music.  He and I suspect it refers to pot or some other
>type of dope, but aren't sure.  Anybody else heard it?

"Smoke an L" seems to be the same as "smoke a J", i.e., "smoke a joint" or
"smoke a marijuana cigarette". There may be other senses (I'm not really
down with the popular culture now that I'm 29 years old [plus a few
months]). Why "L"? Just my rank speculation: "L" is "J" reversed
left-right, a 'cute' disguise in case the Man is listening (even old Dad
knows what a "J" is).

-- Doug Wilson

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