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* Gavin Wraith:

> Does the usage "xxx sucks", which I presume was coined in the USA,

More likely Canada, according to the OED's entry on "sucker"; the use
of "to suck" in this sense appears more recent.

> mean "I like xxx" or "I do not like xxx"? For most of my life "to suck"
> meant in English what Latin "sugere" meant, and it had no pejorative
> or sexual connotation.

It's often used pejoratively, without a sexual connotation, as in "a
new sucker is born every minute" (which I think is used in TV
programming for children, so...).