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Posted: 18 September 2018 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]
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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high-school yearbook entry (ca. 1983) contains these terms and others, which some interpret as salacious references to anal sex, dismissive promiscuity, and poly-positional coitus. Are there contemporaneous sources for these terms as sexual slang?

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Posted: 18 September 2018 01:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Zaaaaaap!

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Posted: 19 September 2018 05:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I recommend this thread for deletion.

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Posted: 19 September 2018 12:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Why? What happened?

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Posted: 19 September 2018 05:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I recommend this thread for deletion.

I agree with rampling: why?  It seems like a perfectly good question to me.  Why isn’t period slang a reasonable topic of discussion here?

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Posted: 19 September 2018 06:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I agree, LH, but I didn’t see any other activity and assumed that maybe I had stepped over the line. My post simply linked to the Urban Dictionary’s definitions of what was being asked for: https://www.urbandictionary.com

I assumed that the meanings were the same as those offered in UD.

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Posted: 20 September 2018 04:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Yes, it’s a reasonable and on-topic question.

I can’t do anything better than Urban Dictionary in this case, so here are the links that Eyehawk deleted:

boofed, very drunk or high; alternative definitions include anal sex and inserting drugs up one’s rectum, but I doubt these latter are what the 80s yearbook refers to.

FFFF, a one-night stand ("find ‘em, feel ‘em, fuck ‘em, forget ‘em"). I don’t recall hearing the abbreviation before, but I remember the full phrase well from my high school days. I’m roughly the same age as Kavanaugh.

devil’s triangle, a threesome with two men and two women one woman. My recollection of this one goes back to the early 2000s, but it certainly could have been current in the 80s.

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Posted: 20 September 2018 07:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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rampling - 18 September 2018 12:39 PM

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high-school yearbook entry (ca. 1983) contains these terms and others, which some interpret as salacious references to anal sex, dismissive promiscuity, and poly-positional coitus. Are there contemporaneous sources for these terms as sexual slang?

There is no link for this iinformation. I read it as a lazy post to make a political poiint Perhaps I’m wrong. This seems to be the offending High School Yearbook note for Mr. Kavanaugh at the Daily News which also cites the original at a local Broadcaster WUSA9 which seems to be a CBS affiliate.

The best site with a picture of the Yearbook entry that I could find is here

Boofed is there (Smoking week according to the UD), Devil’s Triangle is there, but the 4 Fs are not. “I Survived the FFFFFFFourth of July.” Too many Fs to be Find em, Feel em, Fuck em and Forget em. None of the sources that I could find makes any suggestions as to what that means. Not likely the 4 Fs, but maybe.

There are other references to heavy drinking

As for the 4 Fs and the request “Are there contemporaneous sources ...” Wicked Words by Rawson has it first published in 1989. It certainly was current when I was in HS 20 years earlier but, again, it’s not clear that this is what Kavanaugh was referring to. Also, just citing the Urban Dictionary does not get at that original question.

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Posted: 20 September 2018 08:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks. I was genuinely curious since it seems likely the nominee will be asked at the continued hearing.

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Posted: 21 September 2018 04:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I read it as a lazy post to make a political poiint Perhaps I’m wrong.

That’s pretty ungracious; you were clearly wrong, and in general it’s best to give the benefit of the doubt unless someone is a known Wordgeek clone.

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Posted: 21 September 2018 07:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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languagehat - 21 September 2018 04:37 AM

I read it as a lazy post to make a political point Perhaps I’m wrong.

That’s pretty ungracious; you were clearly wrong, and in general it’s best to give the benefit of the doubt unless someone is a known Wordgeek clone.

Oh, the irony. An ungracious note accusing me of being ungracious.

the Opening Post was lazy in the following ways

1. There was no link to anything that would help us grasp what was being talked about. I certainly had no idea what it was about. I had to google “Kavanaugh Yearbook” to find it. Why couldn’t he?
2. Rampling jumped to the conclusion that 6 Fs is the same thing as 4 Fs. Maybe it is. Likely it is not. And yet, FFFF appears in the heading and “dismissive promiscuity” in the body of his note.
3. the use of the indefinite pronoun “some” in the phrase ”some interpret as salacious references to anal sex” is semantically lazy. It avoids responsibility. Who interprets these yearbook notes as salacious? The poster? Someone else? Give us a link.
4. Where does he get “anal sex” from? I certainly don’t know. What in the yearbook is referring to anal sex? Devils Triangle? Maybe. Maybe not. Boof? That is the 2nd and less well attested definition at UD (not that anything at UD is “well attested") and entirely unreliable in terms of this discussion regarding a 1983 citation.

I do plead guilty for presuming a political motive to the Opening Post. I apologize for that.

Perhaps this should be in the Meta forum.

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Posted: 21 September 2018 01:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Oh, I totally agree the post was lazy and not especially well written, but to me there’s quite a leap from there to calling for deletion.  In any event, it’s not a federal case, and there’s no reason to Meta it.  I just thought you were being a little harsh.

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Posted: 21 September 2018 04:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Seems to be a lot of ungraciousness going around. Thanks, Dave.

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Posted: 21 September 2018 09:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Dave Wilton - 20 September 2018 04:37 AM

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devil’s triangle, a threesome with two men and two women. My recollection of this one goes back to the early 2000s, but it certainly could have been current in the 80s.

Either I’m too old to understand the new math, too dense to get the wordplay, or both.  That comes to four possibilities?

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Posted: 22 September 2018 04:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Sorry about that. Another uncaffeinated post of mine.

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Posted: 23 September 2018 02:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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cuchuflete - 21 September 2018 09:25 PM

Dave Wilton - 20 September 2018 04:37 AM
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devil’s triangle, a threesome with two men and two women. My recollection of this one goes back to the early 2000s, but it certainly could have been current in the 80s.

Either I’m too old to understand the new math, too dense to get the wordplay, or both.  That comes to four possibilities?

Maybe it’s like tag-team wrestling.

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