Bennies (slang term for Benzedrine)
bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Wed Dec 22 09:51:13 UTC 2004
On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 03:59:13 EST, Jerry E Kane <Jerryekane at AOL.COM> wrote:
>When I saw the post bennies, I immediately thought of the slang term bennies
>(or uppers, circa 1950's for Benzedrine tablets) used by people to get a
>euphoric temporary high and to ward off sleep. The drug was very popular
That was my first thought too, given all the drug terminology that's been
floating around the list. OED2 has a first cite of 1955 for "bennies"
(from _Amer. Speech_), but Newspaperarchive turns up a 1947 syndicated
column by Earl Wilson:
Syracuse (NY) Herald Journal, Nov 4, 1947, p. 2, col. 1
A new thrill to the Greenwich Village stay-up set is canapes filled
with benzedrine (also known as bennies or bee-bees).
MWCD11 gives 1945... does HDAS have it that far back?
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