Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Feb 14 15:41:34 UTC 2013

On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 4:55 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> >  And in truly scandalous news: Justin Bieber went on a "drug and sex
> > romp" behind Selena's back. Apparently The Beebs hooked up with a
> > chick named Mimi. Mimi's friend tells the mag that Justin and Lil
> > Twist and Mimi all went to buy weed, then picked up McDonald's, and
> > went back to Justin's hotel room. There, they got high, drank sizzurp,
> > and one thing lead to another: Justin took off Mimi's clothes and
> > "proceeded to perform oral sex on her for almost an hour." Well DAMN.
> > Justin "ended things abruptly after the oral sex" and Mimi decided she
> > should go; at the time she didn't realize Beeb hadn't broken up with
> > Selena yet, whoops. Still. An hour of playing lickety split you say?
> > Hmm. Wow. Although if Mimi was stoned and on sizzurp maybe it was
> > actually like 10 minutes?
> Sizzurp has some prominence in UD (multiple entries from 2005-2011).
> Combinations vary, but the basic setup includes "promethazine with
> codeine, fruit-flavored soda and Jolly Rancher candy". Wiki lists it
> under "Purple Drank", with references going back to 2005. Wiki claims,
> "Purple drank is a slang term for a recreational drug popular in the hip
> hop community in the southern United States, originating in Houston,
> Texas." One of the UD entries suggests "sizzurp" is just "syrup",
> "ebonified with '-izz'".
> BZ has probably already flagged it years ago...

Yep. Previous discussion of "sizzurp" (from 2005):

And "purple drank" (from 2006):


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