Word origin: shiggies
self at TOWSE.COM
Thu May 30 00:57:10 UTC 2002
In misc.writing.moderated, the discussion turned to a writer's
use of the word "shiggies." Someone asked "What are shiggies?"
He answered: "Babes, chicks, etc. Not women in general, but the
type of person, of the female persuasion, who does the most for
I'd always assumed that "shiggies" was coined by John Brunner in
/Stand on Zanzibar/. Brunner's shiggies are adult women who don't
have their own living space in an overly-crowded culture, but
move from guy to guy, sharing the guy's space until it's time to
The writer answered that he knew Brunner had used it, but had
heard a number people, in different parts of the country, use it.
"I thought it was something like the Aussies calling women
'shielas' -- something widely used somewhere, but somewhere
Anyone know of any older use of "shiggy" or "shiggies" that uses
this definition that pre-dates /Stand on Zanzibar/ (1968)?
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