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Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 6 10:22:29 EDT 2018

> On Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 7:34 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > A handy guide from Iva Cheung on the Strong Language blog...
> >
> > https://stronglang.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/units-of-fucking-measure/
> >

Interesting site - they offer up yet another "mickey" which might help the
"take the mickey out of" search, from James Joyce's lecherous letters to
his wife, Nora:
“gently take out your lover’s fat mickey, lap it up in your moist mouth” (8
December 1909)

This is a predominantly Irish English slang term for penis. Two of the four
quotes in the OED for the term are from Joyce (one of which is from these
letters). Be careful though, ‘Mickey’ is a lot of things to a lot of
different people, not only is it a cartoon mouse, but also a Roman Catholic
or Irish person, or (I assume by extension) a potato (US English), a
bullock or noisy miner bird (Australian English) or a small bottle of
liquor (Canadian English).



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