I have stated before my reasons for being skeptical of the belief that the noun "jerk," used to describe a person, is related to the practice of "jerking off," that is, masturbating, as some people have speculated. See a previous post of mine on the subject at
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The following is from the *Chambers Dictionary of Etymology,* edited by Robert K. Barnhart, New York: Chambers, (C)1988.
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**** n. slang. stupid, dull, or ineffectual person. 1935, American English Slang, in A.J. Pollock's Underworld Speaks; perhaps from earlier jerk, adj., insignificant, inferior (1890's, as in a jerk town, short for jerkwater, 1897, in reference to a steam train or branch line that serves small towns where a locomotive had to jerk water from streams or a water tower to fill its tender.)
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Raymond S. Wise
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I have stated before my reasons for being skeptical of the belief that the noun "jerk," used to describe a ... of "jerking off," that is, masturbating, as some people have speculated. Seea previous post of mine on the subject at

Well, it's the same word, but I agree that the noun usage does not come from the phrasal verb, or vice versa.
Adrian
I have stated before my reasons for being skeptical of the belief that the noun "jerk," used to describe a ... "jerking off," that is, masturbating, as some people have speculated. See a previous post of mine on the subject at

I have wondered aboiut Jamaician jerk chicken ...
BTW, I am assembling a "Taste of the Caribbean" party (anything to beat the winter blahs), featuring food and drink from the various islands (with a map on the wall, of course). So far I have:
Red Stripe beer
Carib beer
coconuts from the Domincan Republic.
jerk chicken
Other suggestions are welcomed ...
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I have stated before my reasons for being skeptical of ... See a previous post of mine on the subject at

I have wondered aboiut Jamaician jerk chicken ... BTW, I am assembling a "Taste of the Caribbean" party (anything to ... far I have: Red Stripe beer Carib beer coconuts from the Domincan Republic. jerk chicken Other suggestions are welcomed ...

Ackee and salt fish .
Rice and peas (actually, red kidney beans)
Rum punch.
m.
I have stated before my reasons for being skeptical of ... See a previous post of mine on the subject at

I have wondered aboiut Jamaician jerk chicken ... BTW, I am assembling a "Taste of the Caribbean" party (anything to ... far I have: Red Stripe beer Carib beer coconuts from the Domincan Republic. jerk chicken Other suggestions are welcomed ...

Curry goat - essential.
Rice and peas
Saltfish and ackee

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I have stated before my reasons for being skeptical of ... See a previous post of mine on the subject at

I have wondered aboiut Jamaician jerk chicken ... BTW, I am assembling a "Taste of the Caribbean" party (anything to ... far I have: Red Stripe beer Carib beer coconuts from the Domincan Republic. jerk chicken Other suggestions are welcomed ...

Goat. You have to have something to eat made of goat parts.
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I have wondered aboiut Jamaician jerk chicken ... BTW, I ... the Domincan Republic. jerk chicken Other suggestions are welcomed ...

Ackee and salt fish .

They sound nice.
And rum is fine any time of year.
Rice and peas (actually, red kidney beans) Rum punch.

Or in punch.
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I have stated before my reasons for being skeptical of ... speculated.See a previous post of mine on the subject at

I have wondered aboiut Jamaician jerk chicken ... BTW, I am assembling a "Taste of the Caribbean" party (anything to ... the wall, of course). So far I have: Red Stripe beer Carib beer coconuts from the Domincan Republic. jerk chicken

Curacao
Pineapple
(esp. for pina colada)
Rum and Coca Cola
Goat. You have to have something to eat made of goat parts.

Goat?? Where the heck am I going to get a goat???
As far as rums, I'd like to offer something exotic - someone suggested Pyrat from Anguilla.
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