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Jone

verb;
1) Smoke marijuana 2) Crave something 3) Pick on, mock 4) Mess around, joke This was the first time I had heard this word, but UrbanDictionary.com produced a variety of meanings for jone-ing and jonesing (which appear to have the same set of meanings). The person who used this phrase was from Georgia, and used it in the context of making fun of someone. But after asking other people what it meant, I found that the word had 4 different meanings. The first was a reference to doing marijuana, then the meaning shifted to mean craving marijuana. The definition broadened when it came to mean craving anything, and it's feasible to see how the word came to mean messing around. However, I can't see how it went from any of these meanings to making fun of. Few Texans had heard the word, and I found it was understood only by people from the East Coast and by African American groups. One source claimed that the 'making fun of' meaning came from African American origins in the Washington area while nationally the word kept its association with marijuana and cravings. [http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2003/05/11/205551] Since I can find no other origins of the word I think that perhaps the 'making fun of' meaning was strictly associated with the 'jone-ing' [minus the 's'] version of the word and the boundary between the two words [jone-ing and jonesing] was blurred (i.e. homonymy).
 
Stop jone-ing on me and pay attention.
Source : A friend in a college class
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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