pack of squares
[pak uhv skwairz]
What does pack of squares mean?
A pack of squares is slang for a “pack of cigarettes.”
Where does pack of squares come from?
Square has been slang for cigarettes since at least the 1960s. According to Green’s Dictionary of Slang, square originates as prison slang for factory-made cigarettes, whether issued in prison or sold commercially.
And why would cigarettes—which are not at all rectangular in shape—be dubbed squares? That’s apparently due to the fact the paper used to roll them are square in shape. It may also be influenced by the fact that packs of cigarettes (or of rolling papers) are square in shape.
In Black English, square has specifically referred to a tobacco (vs. marijuana) cigarette by at least the 1970s, when squares and pack of squares begins to spread in more mainstream culture. We can find squares and pack of squares in the lyrics of popular music, such as hip-hop group Public Enemy’s 1987 “Megablast” (“Cryin’ all the tears, smokin’ all the squares”) and punk band Big Black’s “Things To Do Today” (“Buy a pack of squares “) the same year.
Examples of pack of squares
Who uses pack of squares?
Smokers are the biggest users of the slang square, which has spread from the prison population to the general public.
When your the only one in squad that has a pack of squares and all your friends keep asking to bum one pic.twitter.com/APV1dpzhOl
— space kittie (@allieesaur) August 24, 2016
If a nicotine-needer is out of smokes, they may ask to bum a square from someone who has a pack of squares.
Can I bum a square off you #UnlikelyCandyHearts
— ✨𝕯𝖆𝖕𝖍𝖓𝖊 𝕸𝖔𝖔𝖓🌙 (@ItsMeRayMoney) February 12, 2019
The phrase specifically means “cigarettes,” so don’t go using it if you are looking to smoke some other substance rolled in paper.
Bought a pack of squares & lost them 5 min later… prolly time to quit the cancer sticks
— AG (@R0BiNBRiiCKz) October 23, 2013
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