ick [Was: to bogart]

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 15 15:05:32 UTC 2009

My high school girlfriend's initials were B.A.G., but everyone including her
family knew her by her middle name, Anne. One summer she asked me to mail
her a postcard as "Anne B___ G____" to support a legal change of name, which
of course I did.

Mark Mandel
who will send this also with a different subject line to the ANS list.

On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 11:58 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

> At 7/14/2009 04:25 PM, Alison Murie wrote:
> >On Jul 14, 2009, at 2:17 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> >>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?
> >>
> >>Joel
> >~~~~~~~~
> >Oh, heck! Here I thought it was a clever nonce word.
> >AM
> 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".
> Joel
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