belly and body shots

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Nov 16 17:21:17 UTC 2010

On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 11:47 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> And, Ben, what about "belly shots" before 1993?

I don't see anything pre-Tailhook for either "belly shots" or "navel shots."


> At 11/16/2010 11:03 AM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>>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.

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