Fwd: retro "psych"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Apr 25 18:27:11 UTC 2005

Gotta be.  In fact, this may be the true etymology, dating from a period when Western outlaws didn't do any robbin' or thievin' without consultin' their psychic.


Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

--Larry, now wondering if there's anyone out there who confuses
"psychic" with "sidekick"

>Laurence Horn wrote:
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>Sender: American Dialect Society
>Poster: Laurence Horn
>Subject: Re: Fwd: retro "psych"
>At 7:33 AM -0700 4/25/05, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>"Psych(e) !" was common among schoolkids in the '80s, according to
>>contemporary reports.
>I take it these are/were always [saik] and not ['saiki], despite the
>(alternate) spelling? The latter, in this context, would really be a
>surprise. I've only ever heard it as [saik], whence the e-less
>spelling, just like the popular major.

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