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Posted: 12 March 2010 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Sorry for the confusion (to those who saw this before the edit). I originally had a question about walking the plank (or gangplank), which question turning out to be a brainfart I amend thus.

Looking at the senses for the verb plank in OED I see two American usages that I was unaware of, to wit:

2. trans. colloq.

a. orig. and chiefly U.S. To pay (money), esp. readily or on the spot; to lay (money) down in payment. Freq. also with out or up. Also occas. intr.

7. trans. N. Amer. slang. Of a man: to have sexual intercourse with (a woman).

I note comparatively recent cites for both senses (1990 and 2003). Are these common usages? I’m just surprised I’ve managed to miss them all these years.

[ Edited: 12 March 2010 01:00 PM by aldiboronti ]
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Posted: 12 March 2010 01:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I can’t recall having heard either one.

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Posted: 12 March 2010 01:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’ve not heard of planking in this context, but I have heard of plonking, at lease in the first sense.

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Posted: 13 March 2010 06:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Me neither. Although I have read The World According to Garp, which the OED cites for the sexual sense, but I didn’t notice it.

Urbandictionary.com doesn’t list either of these senses.

I suspect these aren’t terribly common usages, although probably common enough that we’ll start finding examples through diegogarcity in coming weeks.

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Posted: 13 March 2010 11:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Although I have read The World According to Garp, which the OED cites for the sexual sense, but I didn’t notice it.

Me too. Didn’t notice or forgot.

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Posted: 13 March 2010 05:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Haven’t heard it.

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