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Dank

adjective; folk etymology; other word formation type metaphor, pejoration
A strong, overpowering smell of marijuana. Often used negatively in a situation where the person does not like the smell.
 
That room smells so dank I couldn't stand to be in it any longer.
Etymology : Dank appeared earlier as a verb (early 14c.), now obsolete, meaning "to moisten," used of mists, dews, etc. Perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Swedish dank "moist place," dänka "to moisten") or German (cf. Middle High German damph, Dutch damp "vapor") (etymonline). Marijuana users then came to associate anything they thought was cool with the word dank as it represented one of their favorite past times. The word experienced melioration as marijuana users called it to describe positive things. However, it then went through pejoration as the word dank became associated with the smell a room acquires after people have smoked marijuana in it.
Source : Said by my roommate.
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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