[Ads-l] boof

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Sep 29 16:20:08 EDT 2018


> On Sep 29, 2018, at 9:36 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Linguistically interesting, but substantively pointless.
> 
> Even if K and his pals really were writing about butt-sex orgies with dudes
> or succubi doesn't mean they ever engaged in them or even particularly
> would have, given the chance.

Agreed.  Seems plausible to me that the reference was to butt-ingestion of booze, and that there’s no evidence he ever did, or would have, engaged in the practice.  But it might have helped his credibility if he hadn’t been lying through his teeth about the meaning of the “codes” and misleading in a bunch of his other claims.  I find that pretty substantive in the testimony of a nominee for the Supreme Court; cf. e.g. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/us/politics/brett-kavanaugh-fact-check.html.

> 
> Does anyone need to be reminded of the surreal grossness of selected
> teen-boy conversation?  (Cf. HDAS II at "mung," e.g.)
> 
> "Brown wings" entered a large number of brains through Hunter S. Thompson's
> quasi-classic _Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga_ (1966). That was
> the first time I encountered it - and very rarely after. It seemed more
> like jargon than slang, esp. since real wing emblems were often involved.
> So - mea culpa - excluded from HDAS.
> 
> Thompson also mentions "red wings" and "black wings."
> 
> 
> JL
> 
> 
> 
> On Sat, Sep 29, 2018 at 1:05 AM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> Urban Dictionary
>> Boof :
>> To abuse any licit or illicit substance via insertion into one's rectum.
>> 2013
>> 
>> On Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 2:29 PM Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Within the last hour, Judge Kavanaugh has explained that "boufed" in
>> his
>>> yearbook was a "reference to flatulence."
>>> 
>>> Having graduated H.S. in '77 I will say that the phrase "Have you boofed
>>> yet?" seems really unlikely to refer to boofu-ing.   I mean, admittedly,
>>> usage in his fancy east coast H.S. might be different, but was it some
>> sort
>>> of contest to see who could find a partner willing to boof with them? Or,
>>> was it a daily occurrence, as in "have you showered yet?".   I'd have to
>> go
>>> with it being just the more juvenile "flatulence".
>>> 
>>> On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 5:20 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com
>>> 
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Within the last hour, Judge Kavanaugh has explained that "boufed" in
>> his
>>>> yearbook was a "reference to flatulence."
>>>> 
>>>> And "The Devil's Triangle" was a "drinking game" like "quarters" with
>> three
>>>> drinks arranged in a triangle.
>>>> 
>>>> "FFFFF" poked fun at a classmate who liked to emphasize his uses of the
>>>> F-word with a prolonged labiodental sound.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> JL
>>>> 
>>>> On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 4:16 PM Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com
>>> 
>>>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> Vox just released an article on the word “boof”:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Brett Kavanaugh’s yearbook: the “boof” joke, explained
>>>>> Alex Abad-Santos
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>> 
>> https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/9/27/17905818/brett-kavanaughs-yearbook-boof
>>>>> <
>>>>> 
>>>> 
>> https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/9/27/17905818/brett-kavanaughs-yearbook-boof
>>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> The story has anecdotal citations, including a claim that “boof” <
>> bu-fu
>>>> <
>>>>> butt fuck.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/boof <
>>>>> https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/boof>) does not adequately cover this
>>>>> term, and the English OLD and HDAS do not list it.
>>>>> 
>>>>> In the ADS archives, Barry Popik has a 2000 citation for “to boof”
>>>> meaning
>>>>> to anally conceal:
>>>>> 
>>>> 
>> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2000-December/010934.html
>>>>> <
>>>>> 
>>>> 
>> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2000-December/010934.html
>>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Two other mentions of “boof” in the archives:
>>>>> 
>> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2007-August/073314.html
>>>> <
>>>>> 
>> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2007-August/073314.html
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2007-August/073396.html
>>>> <
>>>>> 
>> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2007-August/073396.html
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Benjamin Barrett
>>>>> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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