Hi aloner,Hi. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:
Etymology: Yiddish nashn, from Middle High German naschen to eat on the sly.
As to whether it has any taboo associated with it, I'm not exactly sure what you mean, but in the UK "nosh" is also used as slang for an act of fellation.
I don't think nosh is vulgar: I'd say it's usually used humorously. Like cycloneviv, I haven't heard it used to refer to fellatio, but I imagine any word relating to eating could be used in that way.Some slang words are offensive or vulgar, but some dictionaries don't pinpoint out that. I just want to make sure whether I can use it safely or not. For instance, I once said 'chin up', and I meant cheer up; but a little bird told me it contains vulgar connotation in the slang, and let me drop it.
Nosh sounds perfectly innocuous to me too, Twinkle. It doesn't particularly mean (perform) fellatio in my experience.I don't think nosh is vulgar: I'd say it's usually used humorously. Like cycloneviv, I haven't heard it used to refer to fellatio, but I imagine any word relating to eating could be used in that way.
I've no idea what the vulgar connotation of "chin up" could be
I agree, on both counts. Nosh is still used, despite what they say here, and I understand it to mean "quick and cheap food of an average quality".I would only say that "nosh" is colloquial and should be used accordingly. I've never heard it used to mean fellatio, but that might just be me...
1 [C or U] UK OLD-FASHIONED SLANG food or a meal:
They serve good nosh in the cafeteria.
2 US INFORMAL a small amount of food eaten between meals or as a meal:
I'll just have a little nosh at lunchtime, perhaps a hot dog.
I agree but, as mentioned, "nosh" with that specific meaning (to fellate) is included in the Oxford Dictionary of Slang (my version published in 1998) with a first recorded usage of 1965, so it's not something I've just come up with. I was quite surprised that the other British forum users were not familiar with it, as I didn't think it was a word that only young-ish people used in that way. In fact, I can't imagine teenagers today using "nosh" with that meaning (or at all), it seems to me something more typical of the 70s or 80s (in Britain). By the way, I couldn't find "snacking" with any sexual meaning in my decade-old slang dictionary, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was included in the 2008 edition.Virtually any word can be suggestive, depending upon context, intonation, leering, etc.
Age/experience brings wisdom, I guess.It's a sad fact that most of English Only's self-appointed experts are a bunch of old fuddy-duddies
Here's one to back you ~ and the OED ~ up, Aloner:in language forum it's good to back up what you say with credible sources
Hello allPossibly , but I can remember hearing "nosh" used with that meaning (in a humorous way) in the school playground about 15 years ago, so it's not something I've, er, picked up recently... Also, I'm a Lancastrian like you, whereas O'Sullivan is from Essex, so maybe it's more of a generational thing as he is about the same age as me.
I probably first came across it from American cartoon--The Simpsons. I am not sure. I wrote it down in my English learning notebook. And I went over them recently.Hi twinklestar,
I'd be interested to know where you came upon this word. When I read your post I immediately thought of food but I don't know why.