"Doesn't know from sic'em"

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sun Nov 6 17:17:13 UTC 2005

On another list, an acquaintance brought up the phrase "doesn't know
from sic'em". She isn't sure of the spelling of the last, and doesn't know
the origin in any case, though she suspects a German or New England
origin, probably 19th century. Does anyone here have information on
the (usual?) spelling or etymology?

Jim Parish

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