City Desk

“Lunching on the Boat” Not as Innocent as It Sounds

If someone invited you to "lunch on the boat," you'd probably be into it, right? Maybe they're a good chef, and have a houseboat.

But be wary! "Lunching on the boat" actually means being high on PCP, according to a new opinion from the D.C. Court of Appeals, which is apparently way more up on the youth than City Desk.

Asked to decide whether to uphold Tyrone P. Fortune's conviction for attempting to rob his cousin, Erica Bernard, while high on PCP, the court detours into drug culture:

Ms. Bernard called Mr. Fortune's mother and reported, “Your son just came over here lunching on the boat and just pulled a gun out on me.” The phrase “lunching on the boat” meant that Mr. Fortune was high on PCP.

Now you know.

Boat lunch photo by Shutterstock.

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  • drez

    Well, of course. This goes back to when pcp was referred to as "boat" or loveboat.
    Just like 8-ball refers not to a game of pool, but a quantity of cocaine.

  • Moo

    yeah this pretty old slang for PCP. and i think the kid was probs saying lunching the way we normally say lunching to mean bugging out and said it was about PCP

  • wow

    wow.. white people really want to know everything.

  • Will Sommer

    We're inquisitive!

    As for whether this is old, I get that "boat" is old. But I wasn't aware of the "lunching" twist on it.

  • Rashid

    "Lunchin'" has been around as slang in Washington's black communities for at least 30 years. As Moo said about, it's the same as buggin' out or trippin' - it comes from being "out to lunch."

    It's not a "twist" on being high off that boat. It's just two slang words put together.

    I love being black in DC (as well as a true native). Just sucks to have our language and culture, well, sorta mocked in print.

  • Typical DC BS

    Sorry Rashid - lunching on the boat and then pulling a gun deserves a LOT of mocking. What a great culture.