Slang City Mail

Click here get this free weekly newsletter delivered to your e-mailbox! Want to see more? Go back to All the Words main page.

May 1, 2003

Slang of the Week: joint (noun)
1. creative production, such as a film or CD 2. marijuana cigarette 3. place

Since the album was a Missy Elliot joint, we thought it would be good.
Jack lit a joint and put Jimi Hendrix on the stereo.
Susan thought Bob was rich until she saw the horrible joint where he tended bar.

Celebrity quote:
“Had to do a street joint where I took it back to my days freestyling on the Clue tapes. I was gonna originally make this a crew joint, but I wrote a lot of verses and ended up making it by myself.”
Rapper Fabolous describing his song Forgive Me Father

“A Spike Lee Joint” – that’s how the filmmaker described his 1989 movie Do the Right Thing. At the time, Lee’s use of the word was fairly new, but this meaning has since become common with hip-hop musicians and producers. Over history, joint has described guns, wives, and male body parts, though none of these uses are common today. Its connection to marijuana goes back to the 1930s, but it was used before that to describe other kinds of drug-related materials.

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." So said Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. Besides gin joints (bars), there are strip joints (striptease clubs) and the joint (prison). Since joint has often been used to describe low places where criminals might gather for illegal activities, it has a somewhat dark flavor and perhaps for that reason, the Pope has never asked anyone to “come over to my joint” when referring to the Vatican.

What’s new at Slang City?
In ASK AC, Jose wants to know if anyone says ‘hair of the dog’ anymore. Do they? Check out our survey results.