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Old 08-24-2003, 06:29 PM
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Why do they call them blow jobs when it is really sucking

A mixed group of friends were vacationing in New Orleans, having a few drinks, when a curious question arose. If a person is sucking, why do they call it a "blow job"?
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Old 08-24-2003, 07:18 PM
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The end product - blow your load
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Old 08-24-2003, 07:53 PM
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G'day

One person is sucking, the other is blowing. And act of fellatio in which the recipient of the favour does not blow his wad into somebody's mouth is not a a blow job, merely a head job.

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Old 08-24-2003, 08:05 PM
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Or could it possibly because of the way it looks...
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Old 08-24-2003, 09:53 PM
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I'd agree with commasense
It reminds me of a cartoon I saw in Playboy many years ago.
A kid at the beach is looking over a sand dune and saying "Hey Mom, when you are finished inflating Uncle Phil, could you inflate my raft?"
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Old 08-24-2003, 10:06 PM
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I thought we did this one before. At http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...highlight=blow

Part of my reply in that thread showed that the verb "blow" was used in the 18th century to mean "to smoke tobacco." Although you were sucking on a pipe, you were "blowing tobacco." The verb was still in use in the 20th century to mean "to smoke maijuana." I think this is as good an answer as any. But no one truly knows.

Blow job is a US term-- first cite in print(so far) was 1942.

Referring to fallatio as "to blow someone" is cited from 1930.
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Old 08-25-2003, 08:28 AM
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(if it's only sucking and nothing else, then someone's doing something not 100% right).
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Old 08-25-2003, 08:43 AM
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samclem - I like your speculation. Furthermore, the smoking/blowing connection exists also in at least the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where the slang word for giving a blow job is "smoking."
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Old 08-25-2003, 09:23 AM
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According to a former colleague (who is of Chinese extraction). the
Mandarin idiomatic expression for blowjob translates to something
like "blow the trumpet"
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Old 08-25-2003, 11:04 AM
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I prefer the term "Lick my Love Pump"[IMG]

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Old 08-25-2003, 11:10 AM
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I prefer the term "Lick my Love Pump"


http://www.spinalpap.com/images/gene...gm/mgm_007.jpg

What is the deal with the no edits? mmmph!!
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Old 08-25-2003, 01:00 PM
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The Playboy cartoon I remember is a bellhop walking a couple down a hallway. The door they're passing has rays of sound lines coming from it, and the caption, "Suck, Mary Beth, suck! Blow is just a figure of speech!"
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Old 08-25-2003, 01:58 PM
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I don't know how much this has to do with it but didn't an Egyptian god have to blow the breath of life back into someone and thats where she blew from?

I think samclem's answer is as right as its gonna get though.
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Old 08-25-2003, 02:06 PM
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samclem - I like your speculation. Furthermore, the smoking/blowing connection exists also in at least the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where the slang word for giving a blow job is "smoking."
Last I heard, the expression "smoking pole" was also in circulation amongst English speakers.

And to quote Dr. Who... "What can suck, can blow." (or something to that effect).
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Old 08-25-2003, 03:12 PM
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So if you dont come its not a blow job !
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Old 08-26-2003, 05:16 AM
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I know that in Spanish you'd be talking about a "mamada," from "mamar" meaning to suckle (you know, "mama") or suck.
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