Society Sucks

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The verb "to suck" became a slang term in the 1840s meaning to cheat or deceive. It first appeared in Frontier Life, which is a collection of sketches in 1842 by Caroline M. Kirkland. “I a’n’t bound to drive nobody in the middle of the night … so don’t you try to suck me in there.” 

A society is a group of people living together in an ordered community. To say that “Society Sucks” means it is in some way unfair or deceitful to outliers in the community. It is often an expression of disappointment or an exclamation of defiance.


Stewart, P. (2020, April 28). Suck, sucker, and sucking up. Retrieved November 23, 2020, from

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