[Ads-l] boof

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 29 19:03:01 EDT 2018


Thanks for your response, JL, and thanks for the pointer to Hunter S.
Thompson's 1966 book "Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga".

Readers, please skip this article if you are uninterested in wings of
different colors. Green's Dictionary of Slang and the Partridge
Dictionary of Slang have pertinent entries; hence, I think this post
falls within the realm of acceptable discourse on the ADS mailing list
(without reference to current events).

Here is part of the passage by Thompson in a 2012 edition (which is
readable in Google Books) of the 1966 book.

[Begin excerpt]
Others, like the patch saying “DFFL” (Dope Forever, Forever Loaded)
and the Playboy Rabbit (mocking birth control) were exposed by True
magazine, which also explained the varicolored pilots' wings: red
wings indicating . . .
[End excerpt]

The Thompson passage provides an interpretation for red, black, and
brown wings. Other books and periodicals provide alternative
explanations. The topic is controversial.

Apparently, Thompson was referring to an August 1965 article called
"Barbarians on Bikes". Interestingly, scans of the "True Magazine"
article were posted here:

http://nostalgiaonwheels.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-western-outlaws-barbarians-on-bikes.html

Date: August 1965
Periodical: True: The Man's Magazine
Article: New Western Outlaws: Barbarians on Bikes
Title of Box with Vocabulary: How Angels Talk in Their Private Hell
Quote Page 74

The article includes a box listing vocabulary. There is an entry for
"red wings" that also discusses "black wings". During a quick scan of
the full article I did not see a mention of "brown wings". Here is a
link to the scanned page with vocabulary:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_s77XPQZjRl0/S0T229TpVvI/AAAAAAAAFP8/uZOf-5SVEsM/s1600-h/barb5.JPG
On Sat, 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.
>
> 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
> > > > >
> > > > >
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