OT: descendants of Frick and Frack

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Jul 5 15:07:04 UTC 2008

OT, of course, but the car guys on NPR are "Click and Clack, the
Tappet Brothers".


At 7/5/2008 10:16 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Someone was dismissively referred to as a "frickinfracker" in last
>Monday's episode of _The Middleman_ on the ABC Family Channel.
>Fewer than a half dozen exx. from 2007 occur on the 'Net.
>According to Wackipedia [
>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NYPD_Blue_%28Season_11%29 ], ABC's
>series _NYPD Blue_ aired an episode called "Frickin Fraker" on Sept. 23, 2003:
>"[T]he cops of the 15th Precinct testify against Captain Fraker for
>his attempted murder of Tony Rodriguez."
>Senior linguists will recall that Redd Foxx on _Sanford & Son_
>occasionally referred to any inconsequential duo as "Frick and Frack."
>Really senior linguists with 'Net access will recall that "Frick &
>Frack" were a team of Swiss ice-skaters in the original Ice Follies
>from 1940: [
>http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/arts/dance/23groebli.html?_r=1&oref=slogin ].
>Which Presidential candidate will first earn the epithet of
>"flipfloppin' frickinfracker" remains to be seen.
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