Robo (1978), tuss (1993), dex (1994)
gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Mon Aug 22 13:20:33 UTC 2005
Great stuff, as always, Ben. Don't forget the combined form
gbarrett at worldnewyork.org
On Aug 21, 2005, at 19:20, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> Grant Barrett has a DTWW entry for "robotripping" (or "roboing"),
> "the recreational use of over-the-counter cough syrup for its narcotic
> effects": http://www.doubletongued.org/index.php/dictionary/
> "Robo" is a shortened form of the brand name Robitussin. Here's an
> cite for the nickname:
> * Robo, n. 'Robitussin'
> 1978 S. MARSHALL _Young, Sober, and Free_ 83 After about two days
> of no
> Robitussin, Wade told me about a drug that was just like Robo,
> only it
> was more powerful and cost more.
> Another nickname is "tussin" or "tuss", which has also become a
> verb --
> perhaps by back-formation, reanalyzing "'tussin" as "tussin'"?
> * tuss, n. 'Robitussin'
> 1993 _Robitussin as a drug_ in _alt.drugs_ 20 Jul., The best way I've
> found to ingest the stuff is to mix 4 oz. of Tuss with 4 oz.
> Sprite and
> gulp wait until your stomach settles and repeat.
> * tuss, v. 'to take Robitussin for its narcotic effects'
> 1993 _Tuss_ in _alt.drugs_ (Usenet newsgroup) 7 Sep., I like the fact
> that people have been saying good things about 'tussin. I tussed for
> years and no one could understand my love for it and said it wasn't a
> "real" trip.
> The narcotic ingredient in Robitussin and other over-the-counter cough
> syrups used to be codeine, but it began to be replaced by
> (DXM) in the '70s. This has been shortened to "dex" (confusingly,
> "dex" previously referred to dextroamphetamine), which of course
> has also
> spawned a verb.
> * dex, n. 'DXM'
> 1994 _Robitussin DM_ in _alt.drugs_ (Usenet newsgroup) 10 Feb., With
> dex (dextromethorphan that is) you almost can't tell that its a
> making you feel good.
> * dex, v. 'to take DXM, usu. in the form of cough syrup'; dexing,
> ppl. n.
> 1996 _DXM question_ in _alt.drugs.psychedelics_ (Usenet newsgroup) 20
> Feb., Also, if you want to have a BLAST when you're dexing, try some
> nitrous during your peak.. it's far out. Happy dexing.
> 2003 _USA Today_ 29 Dec. A1 (Factiva) Kids don't have to drink entire
> bottles of goopy cough syrup to go "Robotripping" or "Dexing." Pills
> such as Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold tablets -- known as "Triple
> C's" --
> offer far more potent doses of DXM with less hassle.
> --Ben Zimmer
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