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It is almost impossible to get a clear answer to this question in the US online. For example: Ted and Fay were smoking a doobie to clear their heads before going out.

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    I didn't notice and I don't know why this question is tagged "single-word-request" but the older question mentions the OED and provides 1967 as the earliest instance in print. – Mari-Lou A Jun 13 '19 at 20:10
  • @Mari-LouA ...not convinced. The William's citation seems to be describing a well-established usage. – Cascabel Jun 13 '19 at 22:26
  • @Cascabel You may not be convinced but it's got to be proved. If there is an earlier instance than 1967, the answer should be posted on FF's question, which showed considerable research: an OED citation, Ngram link, and Yahoo! answers. – Mari-Lou A Jun 13 '19 at 22:42
  • @Mari-LouA When I say that I am unconvinced it is because I heard it before 1967 while still in high school in up-state New York, not exactly a bastion of black culture. – Cascabel Jun 13 '19 at 23:37
  • It should be closed as a duplicate. I was aware of the earlier answer, but couldn't find it in English Language, certainly due to operator error on my part. Mari-LouA found the earlier query. Thank you. – Michael Owen Sartin Jun 14 '19 at 22:26

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