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Old 08-12-2006, 02:32 AM
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Daisy Chain - does that still mean what I think it means?

Back in the day, "Daisy Chain" refered to a group of woman performing oral sex on each other in a circle.

Has anyone heard of this? Was it just my gross friends and gross highschool, or is this actually a common slang term.

The reason I ask is because my friends granddaughter (who is 10) has a little jewelry making business that she's calling "Daisy Chain" and I mentioned it to my friend.

Not because I was trying to make a fuss, but if she had called it "Circle Jerk" I probably would have mentioned it as well.

So - what sez you dopers? Does Daisy Chain still refer to what I think it refers to, or is that a horribly old and antiquated notion?
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Old 08-12-2006, 02:43 AM
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Take your pick I've heard nearly all of them.
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Old 08-12-2006, 02:57 AM
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When I saw the thread title, I assumed you meant a chain of SCSI devices.
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Old 08-12-2006, 03:03 AM
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Never heard of the reference you spoke to. In our idyllic days as youngters, a "daisy chain" was just that .. a chain made of flowers with the stems tied one after the other. We used to wear them as necklaces.
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Old 08-12-2006, 03:29 AM
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Yeah, a real daisy chain is a chain of daisies. And I think you'll find that is what most people would read it as.

Though calling a store "Pearl Necklace" might get some giggles.
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Old 08-12-2006, 03:37 AM
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That's the first time I hear "daisy chain" meaning anything other than a wreath made of actual flowers.

You had an interesting highschool!
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Old 08-12-2006, 03:38 AM
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You had an interesting highschool!
Yes, yes I did. Don't even ask me what an "Angel Kiss" is supposed to be.
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Old 08-12-2006, 03:54 AM
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I'm 20 and "daisy chain" refers to the sexual act you described (in my highschool it did, at least). Oh, but it isn't just women: men can do it too (since they have stems, ya see).
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Old 08-12-2006, 04:01 AM
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Daisy chains are sexual, I only learned about actual flower chains six months ago.
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Old 08-12-2006, 05:51 AM
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I never heard it used in anyway other than a sexual context.
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Old 08-12-2006, 05:56 AM
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The sexual act is the only meaning I've heard too. No men, though, just women.
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I thought it referred to men, each one buggering the fellow in front of him.
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Old 08-12-2006, 08:13 AM
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Miss Alice is a dirty, dirty girl.

I'd never heard that.
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Old 08-12-2006, 08:15 AM
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I thought it referred to men, each one buggering the fellow in front of him.
I've never heard the word used referring to this act, but I have heard about the act, and I have to ask: How the hell does this work logistically? I mean, you must slip out all the time, or not be able to move, and generally it must be a pain in the... wait, that would be an unfortunate choice of words. Let's say "really fucking annoying" instead.
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Old 08-12-2006, 08:26 AM
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I thought it referred to men, each one buggering the fellow in front of him.
This is my understanding of the term as well.
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Old 08-12-2006, 08:47 AM
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I understood the definition to be as the OP stated.

I haven't heard of it mentioned for years, except for the line in the Pink Floyd song.
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Old 08-12-2006, 09:04 AM
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The references I am familiar with are also sexual. Only then it was a boy-girl-boy-girl-etc.. thing. I can see how it got it's name from the actual chain of flowers though.
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Chain of flowers, chain of scsi devices. Never knew it had a sexual connotation.
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I've heard it both ways. I've made actual daisy chains, with actual flowers, and heard it sexually as men, and as women. And I'm 30.
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Old 08-12-2006, 09:47 AM
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I've heard both the sexual and the flowery definition. I first heard ( rather read ) the sexual version in Philip José Farmer's Image of the Beast. He used it to refer to a dual gendered chain of people engaging in various sex acts.
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Old 08-12-2006, 09:48 AM
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I thought it referred to men, each one buggering the fellow in front of him.
That's what I've heard too. I think I first read mention of it in the novel LA Confidential.
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In the early 60's as a kid I first heard of the term and it related to a chain made from the flower. Lacking daisies, we made flower chains out of dandelions.

When I hit adolescence in the late 60's I heard the term used in a sexual orgy context, one of mixed gender.
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Old 08-12-2006, 09:56 AM
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whatever your favorite connotation is, Daisy Chain seems like a good name for a jewelery business.
Flowers are pretty.
And anybody who imagines the sexual side of it will be embarrassed at himself, and not say so out loud. But he sure will remember the brand name
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Old 08-12-2006, 10:35 AM
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I've heard it used in a wide variety of contexts, any situation where similar things are linked together in a series. CynicalGabe's SCSI-device daisy chain, FireWire daisy chains, and ADB daisy chains on old Macs in the world of personal computing; towing a car that already has a trailer attached is a daisy chain; etc
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'Daisy chain' is used all the time in various technical fields to refer to connecting a group of objects in a chain rather than connecting each to a central point (the latter being referred to as 'home runs'. Speakers, telephones, whatever.
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This is my understanding of the term as well.
Well you'd have to be very well synchronised, I mean ......

!in..out...out...no in...in..out..............oh sod it!! pun intended
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I thought it referred to men, each one buggering the fellow in front of him.
Perhaps I'm a little naive, but wouldn't that end up being more of a daisy pile ?
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Daisy chains are sexual, I only learned about actual flower chains six months ago.
Where did you think the sexual act got its name?

Isn't that like not knowing that sixty-nine is a number?
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Old 08-12-2006, 11:07 AM
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I've never heard it used as a sexual reference before. It was always the chain of flowers, and later, when I began beading, was one of the simpler beginner patterns for making a necklace or bracelet. They could get steadily more complicated, and sold like hotcakes.
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Heh heh heh.....you said hotcakes.
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Old 08-12-2006, 11:23 AM
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At the high school I graduated from, the Daisy Chain was the female equivilant of the Junior Ushers at graduation. They carried a chain of daisies, you see.

Yes, every graduating class since 1896 has had fun with the name.
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Old 08-12-2006, 11:24 AM
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Count me in as an innocent lass, I guess, as I only thought of the flowers.

And I am no innocent, by the way... strange.
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Old 08-12-2006, 11:28 AM
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It seems to me that almost every phrase has some kind of secret sexual connotation.

I've never heard of "Daisy Chain" meaning anything other than a chain of flowers. However, a few years ago I would have been stunned to hear the term "tossed salad" as meaning anything other than a dish made of lettuce and tomatoes and such.
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Perhaps I'm a little naive, but wouldn't that end up being more of a daisy pile ?
Not if eveybody is on his knees or side.
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Miss Alice is a dirty, dirty girl.
Yeppers. And yet still single. Odd, that.
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When I saw the thread title, I assumed you meant a chain of SCSI devices.
Well, they may or may not be scuzzy.
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Yeppers. And yet still single. Odd, that.
I'll bet you're a really popular gal tho'
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I've only heard it as a way of wiring things, like phone jacks, together (or other electronic equipment) and from Brain Damage by Pink Floyd.
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When I saw the thread title, I assumed you meant a chain of SCSI devices.
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Well, they may or may not be scuzzy.
Why the heck did the computer industry decide that SCSI = scuzzy and not sexy?
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I think of it as one of those things that has a primary meaning, but also a funny sexual meaning, like the aforementioned sixty-nine and pearl necklace.

In addition to silenus's high school, there's another famous Daisy Chain of the lfower kind -- Vassar* has a Daisy Chain ceremony as part of their graduation. I've wondered if that's part of the original joke, as it were -- sort of a "heh, heh, they do a Daisy Chain at Vassar" playing on the (rather tired, IMHO) sly wink about women's colleges being a cover for XXX girl-on-girl action.

*co-ed now, of course, but having a long tradition of being a women's college.
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Old 08-12-2006, 02:52 PM
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"If all the women at Vassar were laid end-to-end...I wouldn't be a bit surprised!" - Dorothy Parker

Anybody know the origins of the term? I wouldn't bet against it coming from Vassar's ceremony.
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I'd never heard it used sexually before this. To me, it always meant a chain of flowers or electronic equipment. Now, of course, I'm going to use it non-sexually as often as possible and refuse to admit knowledge of any other meaning.
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This seems like a good time to bring up one of my most prized T-shirts:

"Bryn Mawr College: 114 years of women coming together"
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I have apparently led a sheltered life, as I have never heard f the sexual connotation, and indeed I would have trouble making the connection. The only times I have heard the term are 1) SCSI devices and 2) the linking together of a number of Claymore mines with the intent of detonating them all at once on the same trigger.
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The Wikipedia article give a pretty good overview of the various meanings.

OED and RHDAS cites for earliest uses of the different meanings:

literal flower chains: 1841
a link in something(non-sexual): 1856
sexual meaning: a1927
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I've never heard it used sexually. At work I've been dealing with power management devices that chain together, so we've been using the term "daisy-chain" a lot lately. Now I'm wondering if some of my (mostly male) co-workers have been smirking about this.

If it were not for the SDMB, I would have totally missed the tossed salad and dirty sanchez references during the second season of Veronica Mars.
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Old 08-12-2006, 08:39 PM
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The references I am familiar with are also sexual. Only then it was a boy-girl-boy-girl-etc.. thing. I can see how it got it's name from the actual chain of flowers though.
That's how I heard it-it goes around long enough that everyone's getting and giving head.

However, I think it can be safe for a jewelry business, especially for a ten year old.
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If it were not for the SDMB, I would have totally missed the tossed salad and dirty sanchez references during the second season of Veronica Mars.
Ah! But did you learn what a Cleveland Steamer is?
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This is the first time I've heard it to mean anything other than a wreath of flowers.
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Old 08-13-2006, 01:06 AM
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In elementary school, we made daisy chains out of strips of colorful construction paper.

And several years after that, I participated in the other kind of daisy chain a few times . . . all guys, oral only.
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