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my babysitter was a punk rocker.
and i adored her!
opened suzy -Q wrappers
and sour cream and onion potato chips were splayed about the table.
we'd play tom petty and the heartbreakers album "damn the torpedoes" and sing at the top of our lungs while jumping up and down and flipping our heads around.
sometimes she'd bring her own music,
which would be my first taste of american punk: the ramones, the germs, the circle jerks, dead kennedys...
my babysitter soon started playing
in a band. a punk band called the lunachicks.
i got to see my babysitter play live
at CBGB's, which i have to say, was pretty astoundingly cool...
origin eastern Algonquian, with connections to both Munsee and Lanape dialects.
rotten slow burning wood used as tinder, cited 1680.
punkie, swarm of small tenacious blood sucking flies, cited 1760.
a type of cigarette, 1889. a native american mix of "punk" (a fungus, P.igniarius) with tobacco
which rose in popularity in the 19th century. among the eskimo and inuit, this mixture is called iqmik.
bread, (american tramp slang), 1891.
something worthless, bad, inferior, 1896.
punk kid, criminal's apprentice or young hoodlum, (street slang) 1904.
someone worthless, bad, weak, 1917.
punk out, to back out of something, 1920.
punk day, free admission of children to the circus, (circus slang) 1930.
a submissive male used for sex, (prison slang) 1946.
punk rock, genre of music, 1960's; cited 1971.
* i chose to follow the american etymology of this word;
there are european etymological lines to the word as well.