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    WHy does "suck" mean "very bad"?

    Dear all,

    Can anyone tell me why "suck" ("blow" as well?) means "very bad"? Also, is this used in Britain? I heard that this meaning started in the U.S.

    Thank you!

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    Re: WHy does "suck" mean "very bad"?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    Can anyone tell me why "suck" ("blow" as well?) means "very bad"? Also, is this used in Britain? I heard that this meaning started in the U.S.

    Thank you!

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    The answer can be found in the following thread, from this very website in 2004:

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/english-idioms-sayings/6917-something-sucks.html

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