Talk:box

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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 76.3.8.148 (talk) 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)

Boxing etymolgy[edit]

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.

Steve Ainsworth

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"(transitive, Jamaica, African American Vernacular) To punch (a person)" redundant to "to strike with the fists". I originally just added {{UK}} to the context labels, before I realized it's just the same sense twice. Was gonna speedy it but I'm not qualified to merge the translations. Mglovesfun (talk) 21:53, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done: merged. - -sche (discuss) 05:24, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
Does this not need a usage note of some kind? In Englishes other than those mentioned above (e.g. British English) I don't think you would box a person (unless perhaps fighting them in the boxing ring): you would only box someone's ears. Equinox 14:32, 12 December 2013 (UTC)