ick [Was: to bogart]

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Jul 15 03:58:05 UTC 2009

At 7/14/2009 04:25 PM, Alison Murie wrote:
>On Jul 14, 2009, at 2:17 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
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>>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>>Poster:       "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
>>Subject:      Re: to bogart
>>At 7/13/2009 05:31 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>>"And should a monkey insist on bogarting its millipede, the other
>>>monkey simply rubs its body against the anointed one's fur to ick up
>>>some stray secretions."
>>I just noticed this while deleting old mail.  "ick" up should be
>>"pick" up.
>>Eggcorn?  Freudian-like slip?
>Oh, heck! Here I thought it was a clever nonce word.

Not nonce -- as a noun, dates from 1947 as "2. Something sticky,
congealed, or disgusting."  Although not in the OED as a verb ...

The Freudian part of this is that in my youth I dated a girl whose
initials were I.C.K.  Her nickname, of course, was "Icky".


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