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jones

verb; zero derivation
to have an addiction Nip/tuck is marked by two things: 1) explicit content, 2) clever euphemisms for explicit content. The writers clearly sated their need for 2) by using the slang jones, which is a noun describing an addiction. The term itself is popular in the druggie community. The curious part of this neologism is that the word jones, presumably named for someone, does not tend to addiction in anyway. There does not appear to be any kind of folk etymology or metaphor. The origins of this neologism are uncertain. Note, though, that the speaker talked about her addiction for “jizz” but uses it as a zero derived verb.
 
My entire life I thought there was a psychological reason I’m a sex addict. Turns out I was just jonesing for jizz.
Etymology : Zero derivation from jones 'N, slang for addiction'
Source : TV show Nip/Tuck
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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