Online Etymology Dictionary
Posted: January 13, 2010 Filed under: arts
O.E. man, mann “human being, person,” from P.Gmc. *manwaz (cf. O.S., O.H.G. man, Ger. Mann, O.N. ma,,,,,,,,,,°r, Goth. manna “man”), from PIE base *man- (cf. Skt. manuh, Avestan manu-, O.C.S. mozi, Rus. muzh “man, male”). Sometimes connected to root *men- “to think” (see mind), which would make the ground sense of man “one who has intelligence,” but not all linguists accept this.
Interesting that the term man originally had no gender connotation but acquired this through the course of cultural history. This leaves out the fact that ‘man’ seems to have reacquired this sense of universality in a modified form that reflects not only ‘thought’ or ‘thinking’ but allows for the chemical modifications to this that were so popular during the middle decades of the 20th century. We can see the effects of this reflected in the screenplay of “Up In Smoke” (Chong and Marin 1978)
What kind of joint is this, man?
It’s a heavy-duty joint, man.
It looks like a toothpick, man.
No, it’s not a toothpick, man.
It is a toothpick, man.
No, man, it’s just…
It is a toothpick.
I must’ve got it in the other pocket, man.
Hold on. I got the bullshit right here, man.
Oh, that’s my dick.
Yeah, there we go.
There you go, man.
Light that sucker up, man.
We’ll go to the moon.
Jeez, I hope your dick’s bigger than this, man.