Skank: definition and origin of the verb

Conroe, July 5 – Although the verb “skank” has other connotations, the Oxford English Dictionary defines the term as “to con, swindle, or cheat (a person).” It’s a transitive verb. There is another definition which is “to perform a certain reggae dance.” That’s not the definition which The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper uses.

According to the OED, the first appearance of the verb “skank” used in this connotation appeared in the Sunday Times (of London) on October 16, 1994, in the following sentence:

“You always buy from people you know, otherwise you get skanked and find you’ve spent, say, £50 on half an ounce of hash and they’ve given you less.”

Hopefully, none of the readers of this newspaper will find themselves skanked in such a manner or in that situation.





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