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Monday, June 06, 2005

420 Friendly

In keeping up with recent search terms, I've noticed a lot of folks hitting TTH+TC looking for the same things. Things sadly, that I haven't really written about. Things that people want to know and are not learning here. Not learning even though they arrive en masse.

Chief amongst their unanswered queries: What does "420 Friendly" mean?

So, in service to all Google searchers going forward and the web at large, let me do my best to explain:

The descriptive phrase "420 friendly" is most often seen on online message boards, particularly Craig's List, particularly in the roommate/sublet section. People use the term to politely explain that they are seeking/maintain a household that is comfortable with open recreational use of marijuana. It's a way for people who enjoy weed to avoid awkward incompatibilities with new roommates. A way to find like-minded peers. A head's up.

The origin of the numeric portion is debatable, and honestly not worth going into. No one knows the exact etymology, and no one will. I can tell you however, what the numeral 420 means to tokers worldwide. April 20th, of every year is a day on which cannabis enthusiasts light up early and often, a holiday of sorts. It's a day of hazy solidarity. 4:20, both AM and PM, is the favored time on 4/20 to pack a bowl, and consequently is the favored time to pack a bowl on just about any day.

Saying "I'm 420 friendly" is synonymous with the statement "I'm familiar and comfortable with smoking pot." Most people will also take it to mean "I smoke weed."

Blogger Paige thought:

I should have used that when I was listing my house's empty room for rent. (Instead we chose to introduce the concept to potential roommates by inadvertently just finishing huge sessions before giving tours. Oh my!)

June 7, 2005 at 3:39 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

Paige,

The term is total genius. It's so simple and efficient. There's nothing better than allowing applicants to narrow the pool on themselves.

Plus, a couple of hours after submitting that Craig's List ad, you end up with a parade of interesting characters at your door, what could be better?

Of course, it doesn't really eliminate the desire to pregame. If you know a bunch of stoners are coming over to nose around your pad, there's not much to stop you from blunting yourself beforehand...

A.

P.S. Warning: One ex-roommate of ours took "420 friendly" to mean "we'd love to share a home with a junkie". Watch out for Hungarian hackers with a taste for horse.

June 7, 2005 at 5:01 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Andy thought:

A reader got in touch to offer another perspective on the term:

hi
i am from pakistan. i read this explanation of '420-friendly'. just to let you know that in india and paskitan and some other asian countries, 420 means 'deceptive' or fradulent. for example if a person is always deceiving others, people call him a 420. it comes from the clause #420 of british law implemented in those countries that deals with those who decieve public with thier tricks...

irfan

June 21, 2005 at 8:42 AM - Comment Permalink  
Anonymous Anonymous thought:

thanks for this.

ive been wondering what it means eversince ive been searching for a place on craigs list

May 4, 2006 at 5:23 PM - Comment Permalink  
Blogger Hellenbach thought:

Thank you so fuckin-weed-tokin'-fuckin'-Cheech-and-Chong-watching-fuckin' much!! Broseph.

June 17, 2006 at 1:12 PM - Comment Permalink  
Anonymous Anonymous thought:

Thank you so much for the explanation. I, too, had seen this over and over on Craigslist and had "no idea." Talk about a sign of the times! :) Smile.

I also really enjoyed the explanation of "420" from Pakistan, where it described a person who "deceives the public with their tricks." Hmmmm.

June 19, 2006 at 8:34 AM - Comment Permalink  

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