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If you haven't seen Back to the Future, do not read this post.
The other day I was thinking about the first time I saw "Back to the Future" (around 900 years ago). If you recall, the climax of the movie takes place in the parking lot at the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance. Biff is molesting Leah Thompson in the back of his car, and George MacFly steps up, and changes the course of his family's history. Around the same time in the movie, Biff's henchmen, or cronies, or whatever they are are chasing Michael J. Fox. They catch MJ, and they lock him in the trunk of Marvin Berry's (cousin of Chuck) car. Marvin was the leader of the band that was playing the dance, and they happened to be taking a break behind the school while all of this was going on. I don't remember the dialog exactly, but upon seeing Biff's cronies messing with his car, Marvin (Marvin and the band happen to be black guys) calls one of the white cronies "peckerwood." I believe that peckerwood is a fantastic insult. In fact, I want to start calling people peckerwood regardless of what color they are, and regardless of whether they deserve it or not just because it makes me so happy to say it. Getting back on track, after being called peckerwood, the cronies feel threatened, and one of them says, "We don't want to mess with no reefer addicts." I didn't understand what he was saying the first couple times I saw the movie, mostly because I didn't know what reefer meant. I thought he said "referratic." I guess referratic would be a cross between refer and erratic, so the definition would be "an unpredictable reference to something???" All fictional words aside, that line confused me until I learned that reefer was one of many names for marijuana. Then I thought, "Ohhhhhh... The Band guys were smoking weed." It all came together, and the movie got funnier. I love that movie.