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  • Code term for "I drink."

    "Jazz fit right in with Prohibition. Like acid rock in the '60s, it became a banner. 'I like jazz' = 'I drink'—and dance, swear, fight, make love without benefit of a license, live—whatever, as long as it ain't Victorian. The 'jazzhead' creed was no more consistent or coherent than that of their grandkids forty years later, and it raised the same kind of hackles."

    (David Wondrich in Prohibition, Repeal, and Beyond (2008), seen here.)

    June 3, 2009