[ADS-L] Heard on Th e Judges: "sucks"

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"Unsaved People Suck" at http://www.cafepress.com/landoverbaptist.38641475

Not sure the latter are African American Baptists, but it does show how
widely received "suck" for "stink" has come in 21st Century American talk. My
perception is that "X sucks" is widespread among all Americans, especially younger
people, though maybe I'm just talking to middle-class African Americans?

In a message dated 4/11/08 10:46:28 AM, hwgray at GMAIL.COM writes:

> Spoken by thirty-ish, black, male defendant:
> "I'm great as a father, but I _suck_ as a boyfriend."
> Judge:
> "Why is that?"
> Defendant:
> "Because I like to cheat."
> I fear for the vocabulary of the dialect. This is the first time
> that I've heard "suck" as slang used naturally in the wild by a black
> person. In all other cases, the person has used it in mockery of lame
> white slang. Back in the day in Saint Louis, the word mocked was
> "neat," used by white teenagers instead of "cool." E.g., if someone
> did something lame, the bruz might say, "Gee, guy, that was really
> _neat_!"

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