Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 14 22:50:39 UTC 2009

I agree entirely with your first sentence. However, my use of the term
is based on 'Sixties black street slang, in which the term was clealy
based upon Bogart's reputation as a "bad mothafucka" and not on the
way he smoked his cigarettes and had nothing to do with smoking
marijuana. "To bogart" was a synonym of "to gorilla." Smoking weed is
a lot less common among the colored than most white people believe. I
was 32 before I first "went for that shit."


On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 7:10 AM, Ron Silliman<silliman at> wrote:
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> Bogarting is indeed a reference to Humphrey Bogart. It refers to the
> practice of holding on tight to a marijuana cigarette (the way Bogart, more
> in films like Maltese Falcon than Casablanca, would hold onto his
> cigarettes). Hence, a failure to share what should be passed around...
> Ron Silliman
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