Paul Krassner's funny stories about making up new words

Our friend Paul Krassner has coined quite a few terms that have made their way into common use. In this essay he shares a few stories about the words and terms he's invented. The stories include the time he smoked a mixture of weed and opium with John & Yoko, the time he covered the trial of Harvey Milk's killer (who tried to get away with the murder by using what Krassner called "the Twinkie defense"), and the time he asked Bob Dylan why he was taking Hebrew lessons. (Dylan's answer: "I can't speak it.")


  1. The John and Yoko story raises some questions for me. First, is it really considered bad manners in England to remind someone that they’re camping on a smoke? I mean, they’re usually burning, so everyone loses when one person bogarts. Second, has anyone else never heard the term “bacall” to refer to that very activity?

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