suck = 'to be bad' (1969)

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Dec 10 02:51:55 UTC 2004

On Thu, Dec 09, 2004 at 07:23:46PM -0500, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> OED2 def. 15f of "suck" ('to be contemptible or disgusting') has a first
> cite of June 1971 (from _It_ magazine: "Polaroid sucks!").  The archive
> for _Creem_ magazine lists the following article in its first issue:

We've discussed this term quite a bit in the past--Ron Butters
wrote an article about it in _Dictionaries_ a few years ago.
I think we've gotten it back to 1965 now, in Herbert Huncke's
_Journals_. But all pre-1970 cites are welcome, esp. if they
have any suggestion of sexual reference!

Jesse Sheidlower

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