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The Meaning of Junkie/Junky as Defined by the Oxford English Dictionary.

Updated on October 11, 2012

You May Not Know or Realise It Yet... but according to the Oxforf English Dictionary many of us are junkies...yes maybe even you !

What is a junkie/junky.? Have you ever given much thought as to what the word junkie/junky actually means.?

On this page I shall explain as accurately as I am able the truth behind the word JUNKIE.

Many people choose to label people with the JUNKIE word thinking that it is a derogatory word only used to describe people with whom they class as being " beneath them " & even go as far as calling junkies " low-lifes " or " scums of the earth " & other derogatory labels...of which I might add ARE NOT CORRECT !...but that part of which most people don't know...yet !

This is a page about drugs and addictions but not necessarily of the narcotic form as you may assume. Drugs come in many guises, from marijuana and cocaine to sex and the internet, yep, believe me or not, these thing's really can be drugs. And so with that in mind, please read on to find out what junkie/junky actually really means...which may well go totally against what you wrongly think it means at the moment.


You may discover something about yourself by reading this lens especially should you read the entire lens to the very end...something which at the moment you would totally deny, maybe you will find out something about yourself which you had never thought possible, and this something is that YOU yourself may be living with an addiction without your even realising it.

YOU MAY BE A JUNKIE TOO due to your wrong definition of the word " JUNKIE " or " JUNKY "...yes REALLY !.

Please don't think that I am suggesting that you mis-use illegal drugs because I am most definitely not suggesting that at all. Give me a chance to explain why I think a lot of people reading this lens should read it to the very end.

Most people have been and are still passionate about somethings. Most people have had cravings for somethings which they like, such as chocolate, cigarettes, alcohol etc... haven't they!

Are these things drugs to you?

Most of you will be saying " No these things are not drugs, these things are made to be enjoyed " wouldn't you?. With that in mind please read on to find out why you would be so wrong in your thinking & that these things ARE drugs to some are a lot of other everyday things which you would also say are not drugs...curious?.

What Makes A Junkie...A Junkie?


We all have our own ideas on what makes a junkie a junkie and i want to know what being a junkie means to you.

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As you see it, which one of these common addictions make someone a junkie.

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A quote by Salvador Dali

"I don't do drugs...I am drugs"

A quote by John William Gardner

Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical drugs/narcotics, it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and seperates the victim from reality"


Does Addiction To Music, Chocolate or Sex Make You A Junkie/junky ?

Are you a junkie/junky ?

I have yet to come across an addict that will readily admit to being a junkie, (no-one other than ME)...yes, I am a self-confessed internet, ice-cream, writing & music junkie/junky. I have absolutely no addiction to any chemical stubstances or mind-altering substances, but a junkie/junky nonetheless. The fact that I am a junkie/junky became apparent to me after reading the definition of junkie/junky in the English Dictionary, and so, if the definition held in the dictionary is correct...which as I see it, it is because I fit the description of Junkie/Junky to the letter. I shall give you the true definition of Junkie/Junky as listed in the English Dictionary in the next part of this lens...the definition which told me that I was a junkie/Junky, the correct meaning of the word which I had not known before, of course I, like most of you thought I knew precisely what junkie/junky meant & would n't ever have thought that I myself was a junkie/junky...But I am...& so might you be !

I want to explain what a junkie/junky is, what junkie/junky actually means, for it is misinterpreted by most people which in turn makes the life of a junkie/junky who is addicted to an illegal stubstance even more difficult than must already be. It may be that those who are junkies do not actually realise that they are a junkie/junky (as was the case with me), or, in most cases it is because most people don't actually understand what the word junkie/junky actually means but think they do, this is my main reason for writing this page, I want to prove to people that a junkie/junky is not just someone who uses hard-drugs which are illegal & mind-bending & illegal.

The actual word junkie/junky carries with it a stigma, something to be ashamed of. Most of you, as I once did associate junkie/junky with hard-drugs...which to an extent would be correct, but not just any type of drugs (for there are many) but with class A drugs such as heroin, cocaine and crack-cocaine to name but a few...right? But oh how wrong you are.

The actual word junkie/junky (it can be spelt either way) as defined in the Oxford English dictionary is this ~ "a person with an obsessive dependency on or an enthusiasm for something".

This was how I came to realise that I myself must be a junkie/junky. There is no mention in the dictionary definition of heroin or crack-cocaine or any other mind- altering drugs or chemicals, a junkie/junky is merely one who has a passion for or cannot function normally without having that passion as and when needed.

So there you have it, a junkie/junky is merely somebody who does something to excess and cannot do without that something without craving for it. Yes, this something could well be heroin or crack-cocaine in as much as it could also be chocolate-cookies, cigarettes or even sex to name but a few examples.

Junk is rubbish n rubbish is thrown away in bins, why are the bins emptied by dustmen n not junkies?

If you scour boot-fairs and jumble sales ..yep you've got it..that makes you a JUNKy too..hehe!


An Addiction Is The Need For Your Body Or Mind To Have Something To Enable It To Function Normally.

A junkie/junky is anyone with an addiction to something...from sugar to heroin.

Like it or not, if there is something which you yourself are passionate about and crave whenever you are away from it, then yes, you too are a junkie/junky...someone with an addiction.

Maybe you still disagree with me and refuse to believe that perhaps you yourself may be a junkie/junky, and I can see why you would feel like that if you are one of those people who have always wrongly associated junkies with being people who are regular users of hard drugs or narcotics.

In writing this page I hope to help erase the stigma that up until recently has been attatched to a junkie/junky in the hope that once the stigma has gone, those people who may need help with addiction can get the help they need. Those people who at the moment are too ashamed to admit that they have an addiction problem due to the way most people wrongly assume about what having an addiction REALLY means...the people who you call JUNKIES in the derogatory sense are actually not so different from you & I...REALLY!

Please continue to read this lens with an open mind. Hopefully, once you come to the end of it your misconceptions of what being a junkie/junky means will have changed somewhat.

So are you ready for a bit of brain retraining?. Together we can make a difference to the lives of many addicts by helping to remove the stigma & shame associated with being a junkie/junky & some of those people who may be in need of help & support with their addictions can step forward and ask for help without feeling any shame or embarrassment as they are made to feel right now.

More often than not when we hear people speak of an addict we automatically think of a drug addict...right?...or a junky/junkie...and again we would be right wouldn't we! The cold fact is that it matters not which form or type of " drug " people may have an addiction for, whether it be marijuana, the internet, tobacco, sex, ice-cream, or alcohol.

When anything is craved for & thought about regularly by anyone, always being wanted, always being yearned & longed for to the point of it being absolutely necessary to have it before the craving, before the wanting & the longing to have it goes away...EVERYONE who has regular cravings such as those I have mentioned for things, whatever the things being craved may be they are ALL DRUGS to the one with the craving, the longing etc, they are ALL DRUGS & chosen by the individual because of the way it makes them feel when they have a " FIX " of their chosen it a legal or an illegal " HIGH " IS still a high nonetheless...isn't it ?

None of our drugs of choice are any better nor any worse than others by way of how intoxicated the user gets or how " high " their drug of choice makes them feel, once they are hooked it becomes essential for the addict or user to get their regualar " fix " of their preferred drug. Over a period of regular use of their chosen " drug " the addict will want and will need more of their chosen drug to achieve the same high or " buzz " as was reached when they first tasted the drug...before it became a habit.

I am sure that most people that use alcohol let's say, as their preferred drug would disagree somewhat if they heard me say that they are no less a junkie/junky or drug addict than a person who is addicted to marijuana or cocaine...yet the truth of the matter is that really they are not any different addict is an addict and there is no going around it.

Some people however, like myself may also have an addictive personality or what is now known to be OCD, but an addictive personality does not actually have an addiction but has compulsions to do particular things.

The compulsions of an OCD sufferer are a little different than the addictions of a junkie in that OCD sufferers become compelled to do something and are not addicted to the task of doing something. Obsessive compulsive disorder sufferers do not feel compelled to put something into their body to satisfy a physical or mental need, and are not addicted to the taking, eating, drinking or smoking of their DRUG of choice like the addictions of a junkie. Addictive personalies or those with OCD usually have several compulsions going on at the same time as each other, unlike a cocaine or sex addict who may have just the one addiction. So the compulsions of an Addictive personality or OCD sufferer are not addictions at all...which means that I am not just a junkie/junky, I have an addictive personality or OCD as well, which I was always aware of having long before reading the definition of junkie/junky in the dictionary & discovering I was also a junky/junkie...Boy was my life beginning to sound complicated.

Addiction to just the one drug of the junkies/junkys choice would be difficult enough to live with so you can imagine how difficult life becomes for someone who has an addictive personality (now known to be OCD. Obsessive behaviour towards everyday things such as cleaning, counting or doing things in the exact same order every time becomes compulsive which is rather like addicts becoming hooked on their drug and can take over the persons life just as a drug can.

There is a huge difference though between the addictive personality of an OCD sufferer and the addictions of a Junkie/junky which is this: The OCD sufferer achieves no high or buzz from their compulsions, this is mainly because their addictive personality is not really the personality of an addict as it suggests. People who were once diagnosed as having addictive personalities are now diagnosed as having OCD. Addictive personalities have compulsions ,unlike the addiction of an addict with a drug habit. OCD sufferers do not choose their compulsions or obsessions...unlike addicts who chose to take their drug of choice before becoming dependent on it, when you have OCD the compulsions and obsessions choose you which is a whole different kettle of fish entirely!

So the next time you hear yourself calling somebody a junky/junkie, maybe you should stop and think for just a minute and ask yourself what makes them any different from a person who is passionate about something, which to you is unacceptable but not necessarily hard drugs. It is like the old saying "the pot calling the kettle black", which means this; you may be calling someone a junkie/junky yet actually be a junmkie/junky yourself....whether you like it, agree with it or is a FACT.

Unfortunately, for the junky/junkie who chooses to use narcotics such as cocaine and heroin as their drug of choice to get their buzz rather than the internet, sex or ice-cream, is the fact that their drug is very expensive... and once addicted or hooked to their drug, one which they cannot afford to maintain, which more often than not then leads them into criminal activities to obtain money to buy their drug. It is the activities of hard-drug junkies/junkys such as stealing and prostitution which makes you hate or dis-like the junkie/junky and not actually the drug which they have chosen. This will be difficult for many of you to agree with but, like it or not IT IS THE ACTUAL FACTS so anyone who still disagrees with me about what makes a person a junkie/junky is being's like refusing to believe that when a heart stops beating the body dies, yes, exactly like believing something which is actually a FACT but a fact which you are only finding out today.And so, to conclude what this lens has taught us I finish with this brief recap of the FACTS. A junkie/junkie could be someone who cannot function normally without a morning cup of tea or coffee, but you wouldn't hate or dislike them for being coffee drinkers would you?...if, on the other hand, coffee was so expensive that someone who was addicted to coffee and couldn't function unless they drank coffee but because of the price of coffee being ...lets say £5 a cup, lets say someone needed at least 6 cups of coffee a day...£30 a day on their coffee habit!...lets say the coffee addict had no job...lets say the coffee addict had to steal, prostitute themselves just as a heroin or cocaine may have to....what would you think of the coffee addict then?...lets say whilst you were at work your home was burgled by a junkie/junky, a coffee junkie/junky...I know for a FACT that were coffee as exxpensive as heroin or cocaine that you would hate/dislike coffee drinkers just as you hate what you think of as being a junkie/junky at the moment. Which proves what I have been saying, it isn't the drug which a junkie/junky takes, but the activities they do to obtain that drug are the actual things which you and I disagree with... nothing really to do with the fact that they have an addiction as you had thought right at the start of this lens...isn't it !

But again, as with many words they can have different meanings to different people depending on where they live and what they may have been taught or experienced. If you have a different view on what makes a person a junky/junkie than I have written here then please feel free to add th

If it's useless, worthless or old then it is JUNKY, But if it's worthy,useful or new it is FUNKY..

A quote by Rudyard Kipling

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind"

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author and poet.

Are you an EMAIL junky???

Are you an EMAIL junky???
Are you an EMAIL junky???

Junction is the point where 2 things join so it makes sense that a junky is attatched to his drug.

Great addiction Stuff on eBay - Addiction books from ebay sellers

Books on ADDICTION are available on ebay

A quote by P.J. O'Rourke

"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we are looking for the source of our troubles we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity"


Addiction makes a junkie, an addictive personality doesn't.An addictive personality has now been re-named Obsessional Compulsive Disorder or OCD

Did the spider frighten Miss Muffet a-whey for her junket because he was a junket junky or was she?

Did Carl Jungs door need a jungkey?...or did the jungkey need Carl Jungs door ?

Agree or disagree with this lens...I want to hear from you

Thankyou in advance & Love Today!

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      Alfiesgirl LM 23 months ago

      @cath george . Thank you so much for taking time to visit my Haiti lens which I understand some people may find it's sheer length a bit overwhelming to get teeth around...yet you are thoughtful enough to go the extra-mile as it were by writing the lovely message here for me...which has only just been brought to my attention and you definitely deserved to recieve my thanks at time of writing it but which somehow slipped my replies net. Thanks again, Love Today x

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      cath george 3 years ago

      One of the most honest and well thought out pieces I have ever read. Well done. Love & light.x

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      Alfiesgirl LM 5 years ago

      @MimayManalo: Thank you for sharing ...your comment x

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      Alfiesgirl LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Had I created this lens to convince the world that they are junkies then you are mistaken. I thank you for your input regarding the topic of this lens and hopefully the Oxford English Dictionary will agree with you and alter their published definition of the word junky/junkie...maybe after the word junior with illustrations. This was the 1st lens I ever created & had I known that the title of all lenses must remain as they are when created and cannot be changed by anyone then I would have given more thought to the " areyouajunky " title. I apologise profusely to you Tony if I have given you the wrong impression about what I hoped to achieve by my writing about a very controversial subject...and to a certain degree that I have achieved according to the majority of comments this lens has received to-date. I have made some edits to the contents of this lens since reading your comments to reflect your own personal views and an explanation of what I hoped to achieve by creating this lens which I hope you can for the "areyouajunky" title I am afraid I cannot edit...if I could I would. Love Today Everyday x Alfiesgirl...Tina

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      MimayManalo 5 years ago

      Very nice information you got this in your hub... You did a great job!

      Thanks for sharing. blessed :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Through my perspective, a more positive "lens" would perhaps provide solutions to diminish the vast number of Junkies throughout the world, rather than try to convince others that they are Junkiies; hence contributing to the problem..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A good idea for you would be perhaps instead of trying to create more so-called Junkies, why don't you try to reduce that number somehow..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm sorry buddy but you got it wrong.. The term junkie should be listed in your dictionary, as it is in mine, with 2 separate definitions.. The First of course is defined simply as a drug addict; now the 2nd definition should read: [with adj.] a person with a compulsive habit or obsessive dependency on something. For example, 'power junkie' or 'adrenaline junkie'.. If you would have done your HW, you would have been able to accomplish something more productive rather than misinforming people with false information.. The term "JUNKIE" actually derives from the word "JUNK" which was used to describe none other than good-old Chiva, smack, dope, Heroin during early 20th Century. I take pride in my JUNKIE history and the fact the you are trying to correlate perverts and gluttons as Junkies is quite insulting.. You wouldn't happen to be British or from the East Coast, would ya??

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      Alfiesgirl LM 5 years ago

      @brendajoy: Thank you & do not be too hard on yourself whilst recovering from your addiction as even recovery is mind altering isn't it...and can become an addiction in itself. Setting small realistic goals for your recovery one small step at a time makes the recovery process achievable for us...I wish US BOTH happiness and success x

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      Alfiesgirl LM 5 years ago

      @SpenceG: I shall take a look a your sudoko lens and thank you for reading this lens...sudoko and I arnt the best of pals but hey...I owe you the coutesy of a returning your courtesy...x

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      Alfiesgirl LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for taking time to read this rather controversial lens of mine, some commentors have been abhorrent that I am here at all but hey...someone has gotta do it if THEY WON'T. I appreciate your reading between the lines and digesting the important message VERY much indeed x Thank you...Brightest Blessings x

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Very educational. It is well thought of and nicely written.

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      SpenceG 5 years ago

      Hi, I referred to this lens on addictive personality from my sudoku lens because you explain the concept better than I could ever do.

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      brendajoy 6 years ago

      As an addict in recovery, I have always believed that an addiction is and addiction.

      I like your perspective. By the way, I am a quotes junkie. I liked those a lot.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Very helpful lens - thanks for writing this!

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      This is a fabulous lens. I bookmarked it so I can come back and read it again. Great job and thank you for this information.

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      SoberNation 6 years ago

      I can say that I am a junky. A junky that's been clean and sober for over three years... but still a junky. Please check out my lens for Sober Nation. I'd like to feature your lens on there but I'm not sure how. I just started it so any new likes would help!

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      Very good.Interesting subject.Thanks

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      miaponzo 7 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens. Yes, people who are addicted to whatever are junkies.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The truth can be scary but being ignorant about it is scarier. I appreciate everything on this lens. Great job!

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      GuyB LM 7 years ago

      I am SO happy that you addressed this topic. I'm always debating with people on this topic and I hate the junkie-it's so demeaning. This has given me some great ammo and I hope I can change some opinions, thanks!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks for being so open and honest with your issues.

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      Alfiesgirl LM 8 years ago

      I readily hereby admit that my biggest addiction is just that..i am addicted to addiction.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I found this lens very interesting...I love the way you free write your thoughts about addiction in your modules. Not sure if your goal is ranking or just a sense of expression, but either way I think it's a great topic. A quick tip to increase your ranking would be to fix the spelling on the "Addictive Personality" text module. Then Ping or Publish your site and your rank should slightly improve...

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      Alfiesgirl LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Jessica_Tobey] ..Thankyou so very much Jessica for your pointers to improving my lenses, i have spent the night editing them all and so now they all make for easier reading regards Alfiesgirl Tina x

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      identitytheftfacts 8 years ago

      I am an internet junkie!

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      Wow great lens :)

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      Jessica Tobey 8 years ago

      This was a great idea and is so very true! Although I am new myself, I have a few pointers: fix your grammar mistakes (it'll make your page look more professional) and also, with the polls, it won't let you click more than one choice. Just change what you wrote there instead of saying "Click all that apply" maybe say "Choose the one that most fits what you think." Love your lens!

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      glenbrook 8 years ago

      Interesting lens. I guess I'm a Squidoo junkie:) 5 Stars. (BTW I always thought the reason heroin addicts were referred to as junkies was because "junk" was a slang term for heroin.)

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      bfruechte 8 years ago

      Fun read. Thanks. Could use a few more pictures and perhaps some zazzle or cafe press stuff. There is a lot of funny stuff you can make out of this lens. Be creative.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You made some really good points here. People can be addicted to work for instance at the expence of the health or their family. How often is that seriously condemned? They are just called ambitious and looked up to. You can be a chocaholic and everyone just laughs.... so long a you are thin of course! Me? I am addicted to doing creative things on the computer in my spare time. I expect a lot of us are computer junkies. Thank you! 5*

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      cconiam 8 years ago

      Very well done...yes we're all junkies in one way or another! =)

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      cconiam 8 years ago

      Very well done...yes we're all junkies in one way or another! =)

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      Math4Fun 9 years ago

      Nice Lens. Put some more pictures in and you will be on a roll.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      wow tina what a great read and now i wont feel so ashamed to say im a junkie anymore my addiction does not cost as much as others but i can't go a day without my fix of at least 2 250g bags of rainbow drops and would sit in the dark with no elec if it came down to it so i must be a junkie but a rather large happy one xx

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      well Tina what can i say, very well written, you explained it in every detail and at every angle. All my love to my lifelong friend Tinax

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      this is really well written Tina, you have obviously researched this topic. It gives plenty of food for thought. Junkie is a word we hear assosiated with people with drug and drink obsessions but it goes much deeper than that. So are we all junkies at some point in our lives? we all have obsessions with one one thing or another..i myself am a Noel Gallagher junkie lol. I'm also obsessed with being early and i have a big obsession with food that dominates my every waking moment. x

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i found your article very interesting , and informative,

      well done

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I Love You Bobbi And Tinaa Love You ALLLLLL Forevaa and evaaa morreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee give kiissseeesss to every1 xx

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      kewllll reeaDingg


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