Reading the following at an online news site:
In February Dick Costolo, Twitter’s former chief executive, admitted in an internal email that the company “sucked” at dealing with trolls.
reminded me of my previous blog posts about the word “schlonged.”
The word “sucks” was commonly used among kids my age when I was growing up. As far as I can tell, I am of the correct age for when this word became commonly used slang among kids and teenagers. Mr. Costolo is four years older than me.
Based on doing some online research and applying some hunches to that, I suspect that “sucks” being a synonym for “bad” was in use for several decades before I was born, but back then the people who used the word understood that it was vulgar. Back then, there was probably a perception that the only kind of woman who would suck a man’s penis would probably be a very skanky prostitute, and that’s why “sucks” became a synonym for “bad.” That was before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and before Monica Lewinsky made blow jobs an activity appropriate even for the Oval Office.
I don’t remember when kids started using the word “sucks.” It seems like it was always part of my vocabulary. It probably became popular in the late 1970s. I had no clue that the word had any sexual connotation. Back then, I couldn’t even imagine that a girl would voluntarily do something like that. I was embarrassingly old when I used the word in the presence of a guy who was about ten years older than me and he said it was vulgar because it was a reference to oral sex, and I was completely flabbergasted.
But as we see, “sucks” has now become established slang that can be safely used, even by the CEO of a major corporation.
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There’s a point about Trump in there, which is that I can easily understand how Trump could have the word “shlonged” as part of his vocabulary and not be consciously aware that it refers to a man’s penis.