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Good Juju

Imagine a time when heroin was marketed for the whole family. It really happened! Also, how Twitter, M&M’s, and Hallmark cards got their names. Plus, restaurant slang, bad juju, having a wild hair, cutting to the quick, and use vs. utilize.

Naming Heroin

Is it true that the drug heroin was once marketed to families? Yes! In the 1890’s, heroin, a substitute for morphine, was hailed as a tremendous help to patients with tuberculosis, a leading cause of death at the time. Heroin eased the...

brown town

brown town  n.— «Colchester has been labelled “brown town” by local addicts because of how easy it is to get hold of heroin.» —“ Heroin ‘cheaper than a night out’” by Richard Martin, Jessica Creighton BBC...

step on

step on  v. phr.— «Heroin often is white powder heroin, which in many cases has been “stepped on,”” or cut, so many times that the “high” is weak.…“Black tar” heroin…not surprisingly looks...

game

game  n.— «Huntingtonnews.net has been looking into this and we’ve interviewed people who have knowledge of how the “game” is played. That’s what some addicts call the search for heroin and the injecting of it...

vein brother

vein brother  n.—Gloss: a man with whom you get high on injected drugs, especially if you share a needle. «But nothing in their records, or in their daily appearances around the neighborhood, could foretell what became the macabre final...