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sounds it's a quite common using in oral E. it means terrible or very bad.

that movie is suck/our school net system is suck.....

Just wandering someone could gimme some examples of expressing "good" meaning of word suck?

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greenhand said:
sounds it's a quite common using in oral E. it means terrible or very bad.

that movie is suck/our school net system is suck.....

Just wandering someone could gimme some examples of expressing "good" meaning of word suck?

tks

"I sucked on a cough drop to soothe my throat."

"If a snake bites you, suck the venom out of the wound."
 

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There is no "good" meaning to that word (that I know of). Also, you say That movie sucks, not That movie is suck.

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RonBee said:
There is no "good" meaning to that word (that I know of). Also, you say That movie sucks, not That movie is suck.

:)

yeah...unforgiving mistake!!!!!!!!!

great tks!
 

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'Is suck' sucks. ;-)
 

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greenhand said:
sounds it's a quite common using in oral E. it means terrible or very bad.

that movie is suck/our school net system is suck.....

Just wandering someone could gimme some examples of expressing "good" meaning of word suck?

tks

Good use:

My vacuum cleaner sucks very well. :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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I'm sure there's a rude answer there. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
I'm sure there's a rude answer there. ;-)

I can think of several. :roll:
 

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:loling: :loling:

:lol: :lol:

:loling: :loling:
 

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greenhand said:
Electrolux stands 4?

Electrolux is a company that produces vacuum cleaners. At one time, their advertising slogan was "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux".

Obviously, this was meant to mean that no other vacuum cleaner has the suction power of the Electrolux; it was unbeatable. However, many people took it to mean "No product is as bad as an Electrolux". ;)






[Edited: I misspelt 'vacuum' twice!]
 

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What is the etymology of such "suck"? I mean the bad one.
 

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I honestly don't know where it comes from. It's more of an American expression. I don't think I've ever used it. ;-)
 

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Taka said:
What is the etymology of such "suck"? I mean the bad one.

This is from an etymology dictionary. It attributes the negative meaning of "suck" to a reference to "fellatio".

suck - O.E. sucan, corresponding to L. sugere "to suck," from PIE root *sug-/*suk-, of imitative origin. Meaning "do fellatio" is first recorded 1928. Slang sense of "be contemptible" first attested 1971 (the underlying notion is of fellatio). Suck eggs is from 1906. Suckling is early 13c.

I've heard that before, but I am skeptical. Certainly there is no allusion to oral sex in its current usage. I have entertained the possibility that it comes from the horse world. There is a condition in mares called "wind sucking". This condition arises from poor conformation of the vulva and allows air and fecal material to be sucked into the vagina. This can lead to vaginal and uterine infections and infertility. Many US English idioms come from the horse and horse racing worlds. It is possible that the negative use of "suck" arose from bad mares that "suck".

Note: There is another condition of horses that some call "wind sucking"
that is unrelated to the condition described above.
 

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twostep said:
Taka said:
What is the etymology of such "suck"? I mean the bad one.


Does this fall under English Forum teachings?

Why wouldn't it? :?
 

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I didn't know about 'wind sucking'.;-)
 

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tdol said:
I din't know about 'wind sucking'.;-)

I have a million of 'em (expressions, not horse). :wink:
 
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