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Old 12-12-2001, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Since when has the word "suck" become a noun??

In the Anandtech forums more and more I have seen the word "suck" being used as a noun as opposed to a verb. Ex. Something is suck. Where did this usage come from?? And is commonly used like this in conversation or is its use more restricted to these forums?
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:08 PM   #2
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It's more restricted to these forums...thank God/Allah/Buddha/Me
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:09 PM   #3
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It came from someone posting a staples rant with the title "Staples is suck!!!!" It caught on, & people have been using it ever since.

I have never heard it used in conversation, it just sounds awkward used in conversation. Typed it's much easier to deal with, & it's become such a common phrase that people don't think twice about it.

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Old 12-12-2001, 07:09 PM   #4
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The 'is suck' came from a user who was here a long time ago, and frequently misused the English language. He said 'is suck' once, and for some reason its stuck.
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:10 PM   #5
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Actually that use would make it an adjective.
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:12 PM   #6
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Yes, an adjective, it's been a while since high school English.
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:13 PM   #7
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Indeed. Although an article would make it a noun. Something like "Staples is a suck!" or "Staples is the suck!"
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:14 PM   #8
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<< Since when has the word "suck" become a noun?? >>

Since the day nateholtrop was born.
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:17 PM   #9
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Doesn't an adjective describe a noun, so when you say "Something is suck", suck acts as the noun since it is the object the verb "is" is referring to. For it to be an adjective, there would have to be another noun for it to describe .
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:19 PM   #10
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<< Doesn't an adjective describe a noun, so when you say "Something is suck", suck acts as the noun since it is the object the verb "is" is referring to. For it to be an adjective, there would have to be another noun for it to describe . >>


Wrong. In "Something is suck", suck is a predicate adjective. It modifies "something." This happens in sentences with "linking" verbs (like is and other "to be" verbs).
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:19 PM   #11
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<< Since when has the word "suck" become a noun?? >>


as long as nefs have been neffing and wmc's have been crying.

I personally credit the movie "office space," but others attribute it to various members
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:19 PM   #12
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isn't that "suck" means to absorb or something? how come it transforms into an offensive word?
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No.
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:19 PM   #14
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RipRidah was the first, uttering these immortal words: "Staples is suck!"
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<< Doesn't an adjective describe a noun, so when you say "Something is suck", suck acts as the noun since it is the object the verb "is" is referring to. For it to be an adjective, there would have to be another noun for it to describe >>



In the sentence, Something is suck, "something" is the subject (noun). "Is" is the verb. Because "is" is a linking verb, "suck" is either a predicate adjective (pa) or a predicate nominative (pn). A pa describes the subject, and a pn renames the subject. Pns are always nouns, and pa's are always adjectives. because "suck" is lacking an article, i believe in this usage it would be an adjective - along the lines of "sucky".

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Old 12-12-2001, 07:23 PM   #16
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I would like to know why some people think "suck" is bad.

Not everything that SUCKS is bad.


Think about it......
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<< Ex. Something is suck. >>

I believe your example shows suck used as an adjective, not a noun. :Q Similar example, "Something is blue."
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<< Actually that use would make it an adjective. >>

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Old 12-12-2001, 07:41 PM   #19
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LOL - I was thinking of posting this same question in the "Verizon is suck" thread.
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Old 12-12-2001, 07:45 PM   #20
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So, is there any difference between something that sucks and something that blows? :Q
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Those who don't speak Anandtech, is suck!
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I thought it always came from that famous Japanese Anime...

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And I thought the bad use of english just spread to 'is suck'
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<< Since when has the word "suck" become a noun?? >>


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Came from here, probably not, but it should have.
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RipRidah was cool....
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