Verbing garbage

A message from Ken Callicott:

In the 1986 film “Never Too Young To Die”, the hermaphroditic rock star villain, Velvet Von Ragnar (played by Gene Simmons) killed a henchman, then said something like “Garbage that” or “Garbage him”.  I don’t recall ever having heard ‘garbage’ used as a verb.

At first I thought garbage here was a euphemistic replacement for fuck (based on semantics rather than phonology), but now that I look at the actual quote, I see that we’re dealing with a simple verbing here.

(And the movie looks like a hoot.)

Here, from a review, is more context:

In a totally, wildly, unbelievably unexpected move, Ragnar jabs his fingernail into a poorly concealed latex appliance on the guy’s neck, and the wound starts spurting out huge amounts of blood. Minkie’s Partner dies instantly, and Ragnar yells at some other goons to “Garbage him!” (I mean, why just have him say “Get rid of him!” when you can make up your own incoherent slang?)

That doesn’t look ike “incoherent slang”, but a verbing of the noun garbage, conveying something like ‘treat him like garbage’, that is, ‘throw him into the garbage’. You can google up a fair number of other occurrences, for example:

[about an action figure] I loved this guy’s little scythe too much to garbage him (link)

[about removing a child’s pacifier] tell her the Binky Fairy is going to come take it away when she’s sleeping then throw them somewhere she can’t find them . When my son quit, he was about Sophia’s age and I garbaged them then told him the store didn’t sell pacifiers for boys as big as him. (link)

[and in a computer context, with a specialized sense of the noun garbage] [A:] can you ungarbage all those 180 threads? [B:] No whoever garbaged them has to do it. (link)

Now, it’s entirely possible that garbage has been used as a substitute for fuck, but I haven’t found any clear examples (and they’re very hard to search for).

On to the movie:

Never Too Young To Die is a 1986 B movie, starring John Stamos as Lance Stargrove, a young man who, with the help of secret-agent Danja Deering (Vanity a.k.a. Denise Matthews) must avenge the death of his secret-agent father (George Lazenby) at the hands of the evil hermaphrodite Velvet Von Ragner (Gene Simmons). (link)

Clearly a (very broad) parody of spy movies in the James Bond mold, and possibly a bow to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Everyone seems to agree that Gene Simmons is the star of the movie. Here he is as Velvet Von Ragner:

One Response to “Verbing garbage”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    One would barely raise an eyebrow if the verb had been “trash”, no?

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