One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually as modifier Used to refer to cannabis or to the act of smoking cannabis.‘a 420-friendly hotel’‘we already got the obligatory 420 joke out of the way’
- 1.1 20th April (abbreviated 4/20 in the US), considered as an occasion for smoking or celebrating the smoking of cannabis.‘thousands of cannabis smokers converged on Hippie Hill for the annual 420 celebration’‘Happy 420!’
- 1.1 20th April (abbreviated 4/20 in the US), considered as an occasion for smoking or celebrating the smoking of cannabis.
1970s: apparently coined as a code word by high school students in San Rafael, California in 1971 with reference to 4.20 p.m., the time at which they repeatedly met to try to locate an unattended plot of cannabis plants.
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