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Why are there so many names for marijuana?

 
 
Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 02:49 am
Weed, bud, grass, pot, MJ, MaryJane, 420, hasheesh, etc.
Why so many?
Why not just call it marijuana? Or at least weed?
I don't understand why there are so many different slang terms relating to marijuana, and where they came from either. For instance, what does 420 have to do with marijuana? And pot? Where did that term come from?
Same goes to the rest.

Just curious.
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 05:58 am
@RadAndRandom,
Though I have never smoked pot in my life (earnest truth), there are several reasons for the deluge of nomenclature for the drug of preference.

1. It's a linguistic way to get around the authorities. If you're in the market for weed and you are silly enough to be openly selling weed then you will be more likely to be caught for your legal transgressions. At some point, these linguistic derivatives were code names (unknown to the authorities as synonyms for pot).

But since the law enforcement tends to have its ears pinned to the proverbial ground, they shrewdly learn the jargon du jour and then a new name is given to the product to once again help the dealers to allude the law enforcement.

2. There is an entire culture revolving around drugs, drug use, etc... with niche cultures for each category class of drug.

3. I am a fanatic of literature and language. I rather like having a choice of hundreds of thousands of words rather then a bland option of one or two. Keeps life interesting (at least at a superficial level....)
djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 06:30 am
@RadAndRandom,
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 06:38 am
@RadAndRandom,
RadAndRandom wrote:
Why are there so many names for marijuana?

Because coming up with funny names is good entertainment for stoners Smile
djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 06:51 am
@rosborne979,
a buddy of mine grew up in a mid size city about 2 hours fron Toronto, for some unfathomable reason (and i asked him) he and his buddies came up with a drug slang that revolved around tickets to events at carnegie hall, the referred to the product as carnegie, and the seating position/ticket price related to quantity, he continued to refer to pot as carnegie as long as i knew him

why they thought anyone listening in on their conversations wouldn't be suspicious that a some small city high school kids were talking about buying tickets to carnegie hall i'll neve understand, why not use a toronto venue, at the very least
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 07:00 am
@RadAndRandom,
Possibly for the same reason there are so many names for the genitalia.

Zora n ricky
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 07:03 pm
well i think that people who come up with all the other words or names for it think they are cool cuz they come up with there own name n people just follow so they start callin it that i guess....
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 07:22 pm
@Zora n ricky,
Zora n ricky wrote:

well i think that people who come up with all the other words or names for it think they are cool cuz they come up with there own name n people just follow so they start callin it that i guess....


Lot of truth to that. Slang is ever-changing and if you inadvertantly use an older word that's no longer current, you're viewed as not being 'in', not with the program. It's not even an attempt at secrecy any more but, rather, being hip, knowing what the latest cool word for weed is.
Zora n ricky
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 07:24 pm
@Merry Andrew,
true dat =]
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Amigo
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 07:33 pm
4:20 is tea time in Amsterdam
Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 10:16 pm
@Amigo,
schwagg.
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patiodog
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 11:06 pm
And what the **** is this "reefer" the negros are smoking?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 11:08 pm
@patiodog,
i believe those are blunts...
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 11:09 pm
@patiodog,
Dang if I know. A reefer is a refrigerated truck. Double bottom reefer is a tractor with two refrigerated trailers. Somehow, it just don't sound right.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 12 Mar, 2010 11:13 pm
patiodog
 
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Reply Sat 13 Mar, 2010 07:12 am
@Robert Gentel,
Pretty unflappable for an Ali G guest.
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RadAndRandom
 
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Reply Sun 21 Mar, 2010 08:15 pm
@tsarstepan,
Quote:
I am a fanatic of literature and language. I rather like having a choice of hundreds of thousands of words rather then a bland option of one or two


Haha, true, true. That answer makes sense. Smile
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RadAndRandom
 
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Reply Sun 21 Mar, 2010 08:18 pm
@dlowan,
Hahahaha. Dlowan! Smile

& djjd62... wow. Some people don't make sense. hah
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RadAndRandom
 
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Reply Sun 21 Mar, 2010 08:20 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Quote:
It's not even an attempt at secrecy any more but, rather, being hip, knowing what the latest cool word for weed is.


So true! No one cares about secrecy anymore. They WANT people to know they are talking about weed.
So my entire high school walked around talking about (their choice of current way to call weed) "bud" 24/7, in front of teachers, students, everywhere, and everyone knew what they were talking about. They liked that people knew.
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RadAndRandom
 
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Reply Sun 21 Mar, 2010 08:23 pm
@Amigo,
Hahahahah! Really?
They have a "tea time"? That's cute.

Just 3 days ago, at college, when a teacher asked the students what their favorite occasion was, (which most people answered with "Christmas" or "birthday")... one said 420. The class laughed, and the teacher turned a little red and said, "Well, I'm not going ask why. We're not supposed to talk about such topics here." ..Haha. So, obviously, these teenagers want the entire world to know that they're a fan of weed. & even the elderly understand their slang names for it.
 

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