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Did the term “sucks” originate in the late 1800’s?

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Depending on which word or phrase history you look at, it could go back as a derogatory comment to the early 1800s.   I would, however, put that "quote" from later, say in the 1930s.
Another one, one that stands up to scrutiny, "
There are 40,000,000 men under arms in the world today, and our statesmen and diplomats have the temerity to say that war is not in the making. Hell's bells! Are these 40,000,000 men being trained to be dancers?" ("War is a Racket" 1935)

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He must have said it It’s a meme. :lol:

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I didn't start hearing 'sucks' in that context until the mid sixties.

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I was unfamiliar with Smedley Butler so I Googled him.  He earned two Medals of Honor.

 

If he did not really say this, he probably should have.

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smedley_Butler

 

 

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11 minutes ago, J-BAR #18287 said:

I was unfamiliar with Smedley Butler so I Googled him.  He earned two Medals of Honor.

 

If he did not really say this, he probably should have.

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smedley_Butler

 

 

Also he won a Brevet Medal because at that time MOH was not being given to officers.

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Here are some real words of wisdom from Smedley Butler, and by golly, that man called it like he saw it. And I do not disagree with most of it.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/115545.Smedley_D_Butler

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Now they would throw him out for bad attitude, not fit for military service, alcoholism...

 

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On 9/12/2019 at 6:52 AM, Imis Twohofon,SASS # 46646 said:

Now they would throw him out for bad attitude, not fit for military service, alcoholism...

 

Imis

 

 

Then they would push his statue over.......

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