September 29, 2005

[your team] sucks: the word 'suck' is used so ubiquitously it has lost any sense of scandal."

posted by kirkaracha to culture at 03:59 PM - 29 comments

Another linguist says:

"The word sucks was an innocent word that developed a powerful and vulgar sexual connotation related to the taboo subject of fellatio....That connotation is now weakening for a couple of reasons."

posted by kirkaracha at 04:00 PM on September 29

We've already had this argument, you'll be surprised at the intelligence it brings out of the woodwork.

posted by jojomfd1 at 04:24 PM on September 29

I am going to hide---

posted by daddisamm at 04:32 PM on September 29

Maybe what the sports' fan needs is to be more explicit. 'Yankees Suck' is diluted? Try 'Yankees Blow'. Not clear enough? 'On Your Knees, Yankees!' No biting!

posted by garfield at 04:45 PM on September 29

Yankees Swallow!

posted by mick at 05:01 PM on September 29

[your team] felches. Top that.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 05:21 PM on September 29

Mick..Garfield.....Yankees Swallow? Yankees Blow? On your knees Yankees? Could we be Red Sux fans? Here's a question for ya...If the Yanks blow or swallow, was it your mother or father that taught them? Hmmmm, maybe the players will invite you over to their housing project to watch the play-offs! Using the word "suck"...You both SUCK ASS JUICE!

posted by God of Thunder at 08:48 PM on September 29

how does it feel to have just trolled the God of Thunder?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:53 PM on September 29

If YANKEES SUCK means that they are "no good" "not worth a damn" "can't win" etc. then what word fits the rest of the teams in the AL east that are worse, year after year, after year?

posted by drevl at 09:23 PM on September 29

How about "are off the radar"?

posted by chicobangs at 10:09 PM on September 29

since when is fellatio taboo?

posted by MNJ1193 at 11:03 PM on September 29

How about "are off the radar"? Also "in Canada", though that may have limited applicability.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:32 PM on September 29

Yankees are big in Japan.

posted by qbert72 at 11:48 PM on September 29

ironic that suck and blow mean the same thing.

posted by JJ at 04:42 AM on September 30

If you want the phrase to reaquire it's stigma, then surely you just print T-shirts with the slogan "Yankees suck dick"?

posted by salmacis at 05:08 AM on September 30

[your team]rGay is the new [your team] sucks.

posted by fabulon7 at 08:19 AM on September 30

Did anyone see Billy Maddison, where the kid peed his pants and was getting ripped on, so Billy peed his pants too and convinced everyone that peeing yourself was cool? Well, I'm going to reverse the suck trend by saying the word suck is cool. My team is the suckiest, oh yeah, we suck so bad. I bet you wish your team sucked like mine. ...kind of like what the Sox have done with the word 'idiots'.

posted by mayerkyl at 08:27 AM on September 30

"[Your team] creates a partial vacuum with their mouths" needs to go on t-shirts, too. That would totally rock, and by rock I of course mean not suck.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 08:32 AM on September 30

Using the word "suck" Don't strain yourself there, bub.

posted by garfield at 08:40 AM on September 30

When I was a kid and I heard someone else say that "[This player] sucks!", I asked my dad what the guy meant by "sucks". I knew what the word meant (like on a straw) but I couldn't figure out what it meant during a baseball/hockey/football game. My dad explained it was a short form for "sucking wind", or very heavy breathing, which is something I understood to mean losing one's breath while running. I knew (as a cross-country runner in elementary school) that if it happened while you were running, it pretty much meant you were going to lose that race. If player "sucks", he is losing (or is a loser). Therefore, I always substitute that version of "sucks" instead of the vulgar one when I hear it. Besides, all vulgarity is lost when Homer Simpson says "They are the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked."

posted by grum@work at 10:39 AM on September 30

Felches? I am really impressed... It does amaze me as to how much life this topic has had.

posted by daddisamm at 12:52 PM on September 30

When I was in second grade, I came home and told my parents that such-and-such teacher sucked. Scandalized, my dad asked me, "Do you know what 'sucks' means, [Hugh]?" "Of course, dad. Sucks shit," I replied. "Oh, okay. Right, [Hugh], carry on, then."

posted by Hugh Janus at 01:10 PM on September 30

Gotta go: my sucky kids are calling.

posted by yerfatma at 01:17 PM on September 30

you'll be surprised at the intelligence it brings out of the woodwork. If the Yanks blow or swallow, was it your mother or father that taught them? I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir...the Jungian thing, sir.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:01 PM on September 30

If your talking about sucking you must be talking about:bootlicking, cringing, fawn-slavering. need i say more YES! applepolishing and brown noseing. thank you

posted by david at 02:15 PM on September 30

I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir...the Jungian thing, sir. How about getting with the program? Why don't you jump on the team and come in for the big win?

posted by yerfatma at 02:42 PM on September 30

Geez, and after all this time, I thought it was just the CUB'S that sucked.

posted by volfire at 08:34 AM on October 01

TBH I am just thanking god we didn't have to revisit freedom of speech rights on tshirts again!!!

posted by jojomfd1 at 10:34 AM on October 01

[freedom of speech on tshirts] sucks.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 01:53 PM on October 01

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