One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1980s; earliest use found in The Globe and Mail. FromAmerican Spanish pasta básica basic paste (although this is not recorded as early in Spanish sources as in English sources), short for pasta básica de cocaína basic paste of cocaine from pasta + básica, feminine of básico + de + cocaína.
pasta basica/ˌpastə ˈbasɪkə/
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