Query About "Kicktales"

Rick H Kennerly Rick at MOUSEHERDER.COM
Mon Jul 8 10:16:26 UTC 2002

Not in that form.  I've heard kicking tail, kick a little tail, and, of
course, kicking ass--for folks that need a little motivation.


|o| -----Original Message-----
|o| From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
|o| Of Fred Shapiro
|o| Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 23:00
|o| Subject: Query About "Kicktales"
|o| I received this question from a colleague:
|o| > A book of jokes and humorous anecdotes collected by a Richmond
|o| > lawyer, John G. May, Jr., is entitled "Courtroom Kicktales"
|o| > (Charlottesville, VA: Michie, 1964). The author uses "kicktales"
|o| > as a synonym for "jokes" as in "The following three kicktales as
|o| > told by Judge John C. Williams." Have you ever come across this
|o| > expression? It is not in the OED, Lighter, DARE, or several other
|o| > sources. A Google search for "kicktales" produced no hits and
|o| > "kicktale" (singular) produced just one, referring to a part on
|o| > some device for racing in water (I couldn't tell what). I would
|o| > appreciate any information about the word.
|o| I am not familiar with the word; has anyone else encountered it?
|o| Fred Shapiro

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