According to the
BBC, when was the word sex first used to mean "sexual intercourse" — as in
"have sex with someone": 1929 or 1729?
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being first used in 1929, and mobile phone
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Egghead (1907), Punk — in the sense Punk
rock — (1971 in a Dave Marsh article in Creem
dumb down (1933), and MooT — in the sense "really tricky board game" —
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jacko^@&mailcity.com ...which really makes one
wonder what they used to call it before 1929. "Making Whoopee" certainly
predates it (Gus Kahn, 1928); but what did they use to say when they wanted to
sound neutral, without being as clinical as Krafft-Ebing (i.e. "sexual
[Mootguy: The OED's first citation for the word copulation (in
sense "join sexually") is from 1483: "Made one flesshe by carnal copulacyon or
bodily felawshyp" [Caxton].]
that the term 'punk' as in "young punk" was quite common in American rebellious
youth movies of the 1950's. I have heard the reference of 'punk' that goes much
further back, say a couple of generations...such as, if something doesn't
'measure up to a standard it is punk', i.e. a fruit that doesn't taste right is
considered punk or punky...
[Mootguy: Note that the first citation date for "punk" —
which I took directly from the article — was incorrect. Thanks to all those
who pointed this out.]
heyolman at & hotmail.com
Very interesting. "Punk" as applied to
punk rock and its practitioners may have come in in 1974, as the OED confirms
(it gives 1971 for "punk rock"); but surely the practitioners merely adopted as
a self-description a word that (again according to the OED) had existed in the
sense of "a no-good" since about 1930. So I'd give 1930 as the date for that
word, still of interest as I might have guessed earlier.
dassori at & aol.com
The word "punk", used in
several ways including "a young, tough, obnoxious ruffian", was very common
around the Boston, MA area when I was growing up there in the 1960s. It
certainly predates 1974, as the Who use it in the title of one of their songs
on the 1973 album Quadrophenia.
cchimi at & direcway.com
I believe "punk" has been used in the
U.S. since the 1950s. Just a guess, but I remember that word being used when I
was young---the 1960s.
gpard at & myrealbox.com
In the USA "moot", in legal terms,
means "no longer applicable".
In Oz it
seems to be "obscure" or "not pertaining to the matter discussed".
fierenze at optusnet.com.au
Punk? 1974? I doubt that,
except in referring to those Hippie successors. Punk was used to dismiss young,
petty thugs in at least the 1950s. Also, in that era, the slow-burning sticks
we used to light firecrackers were called punks.
jffriesen at shaw.ca
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