lid, meth, etc. (1966)
jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Dec 20 19:40:23 UTC 2004
On Mon, Dec 20, 2004 at 02:35:28PM -0500, Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 3:44 AM -0500 12/20/04, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> > "The best pot is supposed to be Acapulco Gold. Panama Red is good
> > and so is Chicago Green."
> Chicago Green? I guess I led a sheltered life.
You just forgot it after that Be-in ;-).
> >* blow (a person's) mind (OED2 1967)
> > "I walked into his living room and the shades were down, the
> > Rolling Stones were blaring out of a box, psychodelic lights were
> > flashing out of the coffee table and these guys with long hair
> > were huddled in the corner passing a joint (marijuana cigarette)
> > around and blowing their minds."
> >But this is antedated by:
> > Way-Out Garb Offers Art Form for Clique
> > Los Angeles Times, Nov 2, 1965, p. A1
> > "The clothing makes me feel free and I dig blowing people's minds
> > (upsetting people)."
> >This is already the transferred sense, 'to produce (in a person) a
> >pleasurable (or shocking) sensation', so the more strictly drug-related
> >sense is no doubt even older.
> The Lovin' Spoonful's classic "Do You Believe In Magic", which as
> memory serves, was familiar to everyone (well, maybe not EVERYone)
> during the summer of 1965 and may have come out a few months before
> that, began as follows. And yes, this was already understood as a
> metaphorical transfer by then.
And is the first quote for the entry in HDAS.
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