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Thread #151760 Message #3546313
Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
06-Aug-13 - 07:03 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: You Cannot Make Your Shimmy Shake on Tea
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: You Cannot Make Your Shimmy Shake on Tea
Q - I assumed he was referring to tea as slang for marijuana. The slang dicts seem to date that usage from ca 1935 (as in Light a tea and let it be cos you'se a viper - You'se A Viper, 1936).
I don't think the origin (for marijuana) is from the song, but from a similarity to things made from leaves.
Tea was also used as slang for booze (and urine apparently!)