Am I right in reading that the vulgar definition of 'box' is attributed to 'african-american' slang? because when I was in college in 89, that was the whitest-of-white-boy phrases for the young ladies. My friend's incredibly racist white fraternity even had t-shirts that read simply, "BOX." On the converse, I've never heard 'box' in african-american slang (not that i'm an expert). —This unsigned comment was added by 220.127.116.11 (talk • contribs) at 05:05, 15 December 2006.
- I strongly agree. One of these days, when I get bored (in my copious spare time,) I'll search "AAVE" here on Wiktionary, then remove 9/10ths of them. It's as if someone searched "vulgar" and tagged everything they found with "AAVE." --Connel MacKenzie 06:50, 15 December 2006 (UTC)
The ancient Greek word pyx means fist.
The same word was used for a fist and a small box (i.e. one like a closed fist).
Pyx, pux, pyg, pug... words in ancient Greek all have the same root, fist - Pygmy for example was originlly a measure of length from the knuckles to the elbow.
The Latin speaking Romans seeem to have adopted the pyg/pug variant for pugilism, but exchanged the p for a b in pux to make bux the origin of our box - a container - except in the still current word pyxus which is a small box for containing holy wafers in the Christian church.