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