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Post by Archived Topic » Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:20 pm

Origin of the word reefer
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:34 pm

We just say NO!
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 10:49 pm

Dear (-), dictionaries mostly tell you that perhaps ‘reefer,’ meaning marijuana cigarette, joint, weed, grass, cannabis, etc., comes from the English take on the Spanish slang ‘grifa’ or ‘grifo’ meaning marijuana. The ‘Ask the Word Wizard’ explanation ‘mistakenly tells you that, this IS the origin. However, ‘Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary’ discounts this and provides the etymology that the ‘reef’ in question comes from the verb ‘to roll up’(as in to ‘reef’ a sail) and the thus to roll up a marijuana cigarette. ‘Oxford Dictionary of Slang’ says “from earlier sense, something rolled (from naval use), or perhaps form Mexican Spanish ‘grifo’ marijuana.” All sources I checked, with the exception of M-W above, use the word ‘perhaps’ in their etymology of ‘reefer,’ so it is clear that the origin is far from certain!
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Ken G – November 16, 2003
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:03 pm

Dave's not here man.

See Cheech and Chong
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:17 pm

Cheech and Chong, would, of course, be the experts...anybody know how to get in touch with them to get the "lowdown". As for me, I think I'll reef myself in a nice warm blanket and have a hot toddy!

Lee
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:32 pm

I hate to think a fellow addict would ask such a dumb question.
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Post by Archived Reply » Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:46 pm

Drugs are good for you and the world
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 12:01 am

I ezekiel have been anongoing crack head for 33years
how ca you help me
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Oct 13, 2004 12:15 am

no drugs
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