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Not all drugs are administered voluntarily, take for example:

"What will it be - some soothing herb tea?
That might be just the thing
Let's say we spike it with Dilaudid"

Yeah, that's Donald Fagen speaking about spiking a woman's tea with a prescription narcotic as a part of something called "gaslighting" - a term coined in the wake of the 1938 play "Gaslight" which became more widely known after its 1940 and 1944 movie incarnations. Per Wikipedia: "Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim's belief." I hadn't heard the term used as a verb prior to this album, but now I hear it fairly regularly.
2000 - Giant Records - United States - From the album "Two Against Nature"
Posted: 15th May 2019
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