Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Wed Apr 12 21:46:44 UTC 2006

> >
> > In "spinksterinkdum" I hear echoes of that trio previously discussed
> > here: "hincty", "dicty", and "saditty". Any other possible
> sources for
> > the coinage?
> The form _spizzerinctum_, in various spellings, was fairly
> popular in the nineteenth century in the sense 'vim; pizazz'.
> Richard Bailey was familiar enough with it to use it in his
> blurb of HDAS vol. I.

I may just have a vulgar mind, but I wonder if the term has something to
do with "sphincter" and "rectum".  I have a friend who pronounces
"sphincter" as "spincter".

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