"roach" = 'joint' butt--anything before 1938?
sclements at NEO.RR.COM
Sun Nov 16 21:23:58 UTC 2003
The term 'roach' is cited first in the US from a New Yorker story in 1938.
The writer visited a marijuana party in Harlem and came away with some
slang. The OED cites from the New Yorker story--"A pinched-off smoke, or
stub, is a roach."
Any earlier use of the word? I checked the archives and other on-line
sources. Found nothing.
Jesse? Anyone? Is there an earlier cite?
And what I, and the readers at the Straight Dope, want to know--what's the
derivation of the word? Any thoughts? Doug? Is it too simplistic to think
that the item in question looked like the bug?
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