Jesse Sheidlower on Morning Edition

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Thu Mar 27 20:12:28 UTC 2008

Oh no, I don't think Maggie had anything to do with it. I learned the
word in the early 70s in eastern MA and I asked my mother what it
meant (and why it was a word I shouldn't use!). She certainly
mentioned the sexual connotation as part of her explanation.


Barbara Need

On 27 Mar 2008, at 14:14, Katharine The Grate wrote:

> I think it was little Maggie Simpson and her pacifier that helped
> the word
> find a place in society.
> Katharine
>> I completely agree - I am 52 and 'suck' has never had a sexual
>> connotation
>> for me either.  Now that I think about it - the same applies in my
>> social
>> group.
>> Regards,
>> Patty
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