Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 16:44:15 EST
From: RonButters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Suck eggs and die!

In a message dated 3/23/98 7:55:19 AM, someone wrote:

In this view, the performer might not "suck blood . . ." or "suck money . .
." but merely "suck." This suggests that some people don't look for a
direct object of "suck" used this way. Maybe that's why it is no longer
necessarily considered obscene--an implied off-color object ("That sucks [
]") doesn't even figure in (younger?) people's use of the phrase.

There is considerable evidence that SUCK in its slang senses was NEVER
"considered obscene." I mean, direct objects were ALWAYS expressed in the
1920s-60s and they were "wind," "eggs," and "rope" (e.g., "You suck eggs!"
"That really sucks wind!/rope!"). "Historically, the use of SUCK as an
expletive with an "off-color object" does not exist in the written record in
any place that I am aware of. Whatever you are filling in for the "[]" has no
historical basis--except maybe as a kind of semantic back-formation, but the
"off-color object" is very much in the mind of the beholder; it ain't in the
historical record, even as it is definitely not in the minds of most
contemporary users.

As you may have guessed, I have written an article on this matter that I'll be
glad to send you if you are interestred in looking at what I have to say about
SUCK at great length.