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    Where does the word "pot" come from?

    I had an odd thought today while walking around on campus. I was thinking about how some of my friends and other people that I know jokingly refer to marijuana as "the pot," and how a lot of people who don't like marijuana or people who tend to think that it's the devils drug call it "pot."

    But where the hell did the word "pot" come from? I've heard people refer to marijuana as weed (most common usage probably), reefer, ganja etc. and even though I've never personally heard people use terms like grass, doobies, dope, maryjane, etc., I know that at some point people refered to marijuana by these names as well. Just by looking at the names, I can see the obvious connection to marijuana, but POT?!?! I just don't see the connection.

    So, anyone here seem to know where the term comes from and about when it was first used? I'm really curious, this has been on my mind all day.

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    Its spanish i beleive... im not 100% sure of its origins
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    It's short for "potiguaya", which is "marijuana leaves" in the mexican dialect of spanish.

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    wow, who woulda known...

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    Him and deserves Rep up the ass from me for that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jderringer View Post
    It's short for "potiguaya", which is "marijuana leaves" in the mexican dialect of spanish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jderringer View Post
    It's short for "potiguaya", which is "marijuana leaves" in the mexican dialect of spanish.
    Wow, I wasn't expecting the answer to be so succinct. I figured it was some obscure slang derivitive, but that's cool that it actually has cultural meaning.

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    I always thought it was "pot" because of that "pass the dutchy" song. . . lol, I'm lame, I even know spanish. . .lol
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    There is no definitive proof that “pot” comes from potiguaya, or other Spanish words. A very old word for marijuana is “tea” (I've only heard one person call it that, many years ago), and users may have associated the word “pot” with the word. Others have suggested that it is a potted plant, or that it can be smoked in a pipe with a “pot bowl“. The jury is out on this one.
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    Damn, I guess the answer isn't so simple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreeVenice View Post
    I always thought it was "pot" because of that "pass the dutchy" song. . . lol, I'm lame, I even know spanish. . .lol
    The song isn't about Dutchys like dutch masters. It's about a dutchy (doo-ch-e) pan. people in jamaca used it to cook with, and it gets passed arround the table. that song was written by a bunch of 10 year olds.

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    I noticed that the word "POT" wasn't said mutch till the 60's and 70's. before that people called it reefer. mabey it was do to the rising drug war that people needed a new code to call it buy, and being that most of the weed that came into the country in the 60's and 70's came from south america, it's easy to see were they might have gotten the name.

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    Maybe because it's the TOP of the plant... and that's POT spelled backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dark0ne View Post
    The song isn't about Dutchys like dutch masters. It's about a dutchy (doo-ch-e) pan. people in jamaca used it to cook with, and it gets passed arround the table. that song was written by a bunch of 10 year olds.
    Actually, that song wasn't written by a bunch of ten year olds. They (Musical Youth)did a cover of that song originally done by The Mighty Diamonds. They had to change the title and the lyrics from "pass the kutchie" to pass the dutchie" because in Jamiaca a kutchie is a marijuana pipe of some sort, so they couldn't have little kids singing about that. Just had to throw that out there.

    BTW have you ever noticed only people that DON'T smoke call marijuana "pot"?

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    slang is probably a big part of it. i have heard people call it alot of stuff... bleezy is a first but thats my point, in different times the youth used different words for slang. just think in the future people are going to be reaserching why we were saying fo-shizzle, and crunk. just like now were looking at 5,000 year old stone tablets going is this the king or god, or a king that thought he was god.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timothylearyisdead View Post
    Actually, that song wasn't written by a bunch of ten year olds. They (Musical Youth)did a cover of that song originally done by The Mighty Diamonds. They had to change the title and the lyrics from "pass the kutchie" to pass the dutchie" because in Jamiaca a kutchie is a marijuana pipe of some sort, so they couldn't have little kids singing about that. Just had to throw that out there.

    BTW have you ever noticed only people that DON'T smoke call marijuana "pot"?
    Loads of people that blaze call it pot aswell.

    Like it's been said i'm pretty sure it's derived from potiguaya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slpntrx5 View Post
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    Haha "the pot"

    wtf

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    I like the word reefer, it deserves a come back.

    Ive never been a big fan of the words dank and dro

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    Quote Originally Posted by NextLineIsMine View Post
    I like the word reefer, it deserves a come back.

    Ive never been a big fan of the words dank and dro
    HAHAHA I use the word reefer all the time. And dope, I love saying dope, I guess I picked it up from Trailer Park Boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iameatingjam View Post
    wel wen da ppl who had diskhovered mariwane grewed in in a pot'n ze wer liek "lol lettuce cal tit wat we grow it'n"
    you said tit.

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    Because it's been cultivated indoors for so long that people eventually nick named it pot since that's what it was always grown out of....lol jk I don't know, it's just pot damit!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangeman View Post
    Because it's been cultivated indoors for so long that people eventually nick named it pot since that's what it was always grown out of....lol jk I don't know, it's just pot damit!!
    yeah people didn't get good at growing indoors until the 80s so that's not it. Actually homegrown used to be a term for shitty weed. I mean "pot".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dark0ne View Post
    The song isn't about Dutchys like dutch masters. It's about a dutchy (doo-ch-e) pan. people in jamaca used it to cook with, and it gets passed arround the table. that song was written by a bunch of 10 year olds.

    (back on topic)
    I noticed that the word "POT" wasn't said mutch till the 60's and 70's. before that people called it reefer. mabey it was do to the rising drug war that people needed a new code to call it buy, and being that most of the weed that came into the country in the 60's and 70's came from south america, it's easy to see were they might have gotten the name.
    NO shit, you can't put that together. . . Dutchypan = pan/crockpot = Pot
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    I always call my shit "burn"...

    Only republicans call it 'pot'

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