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    #1

    I'm not on anything

    Can "be on something" mean "you take drugs like marijuana or cocaine"? Why is it "on" for drugs?

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    smith- I know, but I'm not on anything. I work my ass off every day. I've been doing this since I was 5,
    and everybody thinks thatI'm on something, but I'm not. I mean, we get tested.
    Mel- Look. I'm not the steroid police.
    smith- Well, isn't that why you've been following me around?

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    Re: I'm not on anything

    Yes, that is what it means, and it applies to drugs both legal and illegal.

    As to why we use "on" in this circumstance, I'm not truly sure. I'm not sure there's always great logic for any prepositional usage in any language, other than custom or habit. Perhaps it's a verbal shorthand for "on a course of X" which we would say when referring to legal drugs such as antibiotics, and has grown over time to refer to illegal drugs as well?

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    Re: I'm not on anything

    You can be under the influence, high, into, down, on or off them. Who knows?

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    #4

    Re: I'm not on anything

    People are said to be "on steroids" if they are taking them illicitly to bulk up and grow muscles.

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    #5

    Re: I'm not on anything

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    You can be under the influence, high, into, down, on or off them. Who knows?
    What do you mean when you say "You can be down them"? How can one be down drugs? That doesn't make any sense to me?
    Would anybody please explain this to me?

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    Re: I'm not on anything

    'On' is a very expressive little word, used in this sense. As an example of its cooloquial use I quote the conductor of my choir (referring to a particularly strange musical line at last week's rehearsal): 'What was Monteverdi on?'

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