Where does the word "pot" come from?

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  1. theamazingkane

    theamazingkane Registered+

    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.
  2. robert42

    robert42 Registered+

    Its spanish i beleive... im not 100% sure of its origins
  3. Jderringer

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    It's short for "potiguaya", which is "marijuana leaves" in the mexican dialect of spanish.
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  4. mowie wowie

    mowie wowie Registered+

    wow, who woulda known...
  5. BlazinTreesX3

    BlazinTreesX3 Registered+

    Him and deserves Rep up the ass from me for that one.
  6. slpntrx5

    slpntrx5 Registered+

    + rep

    "damn, *****, where'd you go, weed college?" :Rasta:
  7. Frivolous248

    Frivolous248 Registered+

    how the hell did white people figure this out?
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  8. theamazingkane

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    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.

    thnx man :thumbsup:
  9. FreeVenice

    FreeVenice Registered+

    I always thought it was "pot" because of that "pass the dutchy" song. . . lol, I'm lame, I even know spanish. . .lol
  10. Breukelen advocaat

    Breukelen advocaat Registered+

    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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  11. theamazingkane

    theamazingkane Registered+

    Damn, I guess the answer isn't so simple.
  12. dark0ne

    dark0ne Registered+

    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.
  13. TheSmokingMonkey

    TheSmokingMonkey Registered+

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

    lol. I have nothing to offer this debate.
  14. timothylearyisdead

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    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"?
  15. dark0ne

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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.
  16. Reefer Rogue

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    Loads of people that blaze call it pot aswell.

    Like it's been said i'm pretty sure it's derived from potiguaya.
  17. Jderringer

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    Thanx for the rep points! No weed college for me... I just have what I like to call "a very complete incomplete education." I like to learn stuff just for the sake of learning, kinda like a hobby. That makes me a virtual receptacle of otherwise useless knowledge! :bong:
  18. Veratyr Star

    Veratyr Star Banned

    Haha "the pot"

  19. NextLineIsMine

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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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  20. timothylearyisdead

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    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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