mist

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What does mist mean?

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A mist is, literally speaking, a cloud of fine liquid droplets, but in slang it can variously refer to drugs and the experience of being on them. Mist can also be an alternative spelling or misspelling of missed.

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Examples of mist

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Examples of mist
I am not drunk enough for either of these convos.... One is full of dick misted scum & the other has a dude too full of himself. #BB18
@MissfitHarley, July 2016 https://twitter.com/MissfitHarley/status/756726535311065088
Kali Mist, a mild, earthy strain famous for its glorious trichomes, is an everyday strain meant to inspire motivation and mental clarity.
The Witches of Weedswick, Leafly, August 2018 https://www.leafly.com/news/lifestyle/star-signs-strains-horoscopes-august-2018-2

Where does mist come from?

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Recorded in Old English, a mist is a kind of vapor, i.e., small particles of liquid, typically water, suspended in the air or atmosphere. It also commonly refers to weather conditions, like a light fog, or to mist created by such things as spray bottles and haze machines.

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Often, though, we talk and write about mist figuratively. Dating all the way back to Old English, mist could describe cloudy eyes…and cloudy minds. If you’re all misty, as another example, your eyes might have a far-away look or be wet with tears.

Mist is also found in drunk and alcohol slang, likely due to the misty (or hazy) feelings produced by those substances. In the 1970s, mist was a slang term for the drug phencyclidine, or PCP.

In the 1990s, the smoke from a crack-cocaine pipe was also referred to as mist. By 1995, a strain of marijuana was developed called Kali Mist, known for its uplifting, slightly hallucinogenic properties.

In the 1980s in the UK, the expression Scotch mist was used to refer to someone who was drunk: It rhymed with pissed, a British expression for drunk. It’s also possibly a reference to the real weather condition of Scotch mist, the fog that rolls out across the countryside there.

In the 1990s, Scotch mist was also used in UK slang to refer to someone vanishing. Speaking of Scottish English, mist was once used as a (rare) alternative spelling of the verb missed.

Who uses mist?

Mist has largely fallen away as a slang term for PCP or crack smoke. However, Kali Mist remains a strain of marijuana cultivated by growers.

These days, a Scotch mist most often refers to the literal weather phenomenon.

But occasionally, getting misted is used as an expression to refer to getting drunk, perhaps as from Canadian Mist whiskey. In UK slang, mist sometimes refers to someone who is really wound-up and energetic.

Some folks continue to use, deliberately or by mistake, the homophone mist for missed.

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