[Ads-l] Phrase: take the mickey out of (May 28, 1923; antedates OED)

Mark Mandel mark.a.mandel at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 12 00:34:31 EDT 2018


Looks to me like it means "I put the pedal to the metal to overtake and
pass him." "I sped up as fast as I could to show him who was boss."

Mark, conjecturing.

Mark Mandel

On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 12:27 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> > I just opened to take him down.
>
> Is there a version of this in Yankspeak?
>
> On Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 11:53 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <
> adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > The OED has "to take the mickey (out of): to behave or speak
> > satirically or mockingly; to make fun of, satirize, or debunk (a
> > person or thing)." The first OED citation is dated 1948.
> >
> > The OED also has "to take the piss (out of): to make fun (of), to
> > mock, deride, satirize; = to take the mickey (out of) at mickey." The
> > first OED citation is dated 1945.
> >
> > Below is pertinent citation for "take the mickey out of" in a London
> > newspaper in 1923.
> >
> > Date: May 28, 1923
> > Newspaper: Daily Herald
> > Newspaper Location: London, England
> > Article: Runs Risk for Girl
> > Quote Page 7, Column 5
> > Database: British Newspaper Archive
> >
> > [Begin excerpt; double-check for errors]
> > RUNS RISK FOR GIRL
> > Dangerous Driving Charge Sequel to Taunt
> >
> > "It's like this—a man in a motor-car
> > was trying to take the 'mickey' out of
> > me, and I just opened to take him down.
> > He turned round and laughed at me as he
> > passed, and the girl the back of my bike
> > said, 'I shouldn't stand that,' I shot
> > ahead of him." This was the excuse of
> > Clifford Smith, baker, Uppingham-road,
> > Leicester, when charged with dangerous
> > driving at the Leicester court.
> >
> > For "shooting ahead" he was ordered
> > to pay £3 and his licence was endorsed.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> > Garson
> >
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
> >
>
>
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list