belly and body shots

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Nov 16 16:03:44 UTC 2010

On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 9:48 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> "Body shots"
> 1993, Bruce Craven, _Fast Sofa_.  Then Iona Agave refilled his glass
> with tequila. A wedge of lime and a bubbly gold schooner of draft
> already in front of him. Rick looked at the freckles on lona Agave's
> chest. "Have you ever done body shots?" She leaned against the bar
> ... .  [Snippet]

1990 _San Diego Union-Tribune_ 13 Oct. B1 (Factiva) Debbie Murphy is
explaining "body shots": Your boyfriend holds in his mouth a quartered
lime, cut side out; you lick his shoulder, sprinkle salt on it, lick
the salt, knock back a shot of tequila and -- of course -- bite the

1992 _Star-Tribune_ 1 Mar. 3B (Factiva) They were taking tequila "body
shots" off each other's neck... As Polister explains it, that's a
process that begins with moistening someone's neck with a lime and
then adding salt to the limed area. One licks the salt off the
friendly neck, while holding a lime in one's mouth, and then takes a
swig of tequila.

1992 _Orange County Register_ 18 July B1 (Factiva) She also charged
that he used her for a "body shot" at an Irvine bar. She described him
drinking a shot of tequila, then licking salt off her neck and trying
to suck a lime from her mouth.


Ben Zimmer

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