Is getting 'hosed' vulgar?

Yeah, right. It was never a euphemism, was it? They really meant suck eggs. Hmmm, chicken eggs? Duck eggs? Goose eggs? Yeah, suck those eggs while “another mule is kickin’ in your stall”.

From the OED.

:::sigh::: It’s taking longer than even Cecil thought.

Let me spell it out for you. I’ve become so used to saying “turn of the century” to mean about 1890-1910, that I’ve become sloppy. I didn’t think that many people would think I was talking about 1990-2010. Guess I’ll have to rethink.

Do you NOW understand than I was talking about the decades of 1890-1910?

Fascinating. Thanks. I’d always been under the impression that “sucks” was an oral sex reference and that it really crossed over into everyday use in the late 80’s or early 90’s thanks to its being used often on Roseanne. I apparently put together a bunch of bad assumptions/information. Thanks for that!

Whatever it’s origin in the early 1900s, when I was in high school and college in the 1960s and 1970s it certainly was understood to refer to oral sex and not something you would say around people of my parents’ generation. So it may have gone through a not vulgar/vulgar/not so vulgar cycle.

Okay, I’ll give you that. But I don’t believe that those lame expressions continued through the 20th century. You never heard anybody in the 1940s or 1950s saying something “sucks”.
Just take it at face value. Somebody says “that sucks”. Ask them what that means. They’ll probably say it’s bad or no good. Ask them what “sucking” has to do with it and you’ll get a blank stare.
The OP asked if “hosed” was vulgar. It is. My misdirection opened up another can of worms but I believe the answer is the same. Yes, it too is vulgar.

Bring evidence.

What is this supposed to prove?

:smiley: I knew what you meant, but come on – the is the SDMB: if you leave a nit to be picked, picked it most certainly will be.

On which topic: you also referred to the phrase “sucks to be you” in that post, which to my mind is different from the “sucks to you” in the passage you quoted from the OED.
On a separate topic, though: can we clarify what we mean by “vulgar” here? It seems to me that in a discussion of this sort there’s a useful distinction that could be made between words and expressions that are “vulgar” in the sense of common, coarse or unrefined, and those that are actually “obscene” in that they refer to sexual organs or activities.

Having been born and raised in Detroit,MI- this statement is factual.