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    Jazz sucks))

    Hello forum!

    Recently I heard from one native speaker (Canadian) who taught English slang that this common expression "... sucks" (Ex: Meh, this music really sucks) actually came firom Jazz. When a musician played well he "blew" and if he did a poor job he "sucked". Perhaps for people who play wind instruments that really makes sense. Was it just a joke to hide some other "reasons" or it's really true?

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    Re: Jazz sucks))

    This smacks to me of folk etymology. I don't have access to the OED, but Etymonline says
    ...Slang sense of "be contemptible" first attested 1971 (the underlying notion is of fellatio). Related: Sucked; sucking. Suck eggs is from 1906. Suck hind tit "be inferior" is American English slang first recorded 1940
    I can quite understand that jazz musicians would have latched onto it, but I doubt if they were the first to use it in this sense.

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    Re: Jazz sucks))

    Quote Originally Posted by BallsOfSteel View Post
    Was it just a joke to hide some other "reasons" or it's is it really true?
    See above for a reminder of how to construct questions.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Jazz sucks))

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    This smacks to me of folk etymology. I don't have access to the OED, but Etymonline says

    I can quite understand that jazz musicians would have latched onto it, but I doubt if they were the first to use it in this sense.

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    1971?! We were using it in grade school in the fifties!

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    Re: Jazz sucks))

    wow. Interesting to know the histoory of the story

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    Re: Jazz sucks))

    Quote Originally Posted by pandadynamic View Post
    Wow. It's interesting to know the histoory history of the story.
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    I'm not sure of the etymology, but I think this story blows!

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