Fwd: Re: Popsicle

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Apr 4 02:30:07 UTC 2010

What I want to know is: when did corpsicles (or, rather, "corpsicles") arise?


At 10:05 PM -0400 4/3/10, victor steinbok wrote:
>The bios of Epperson that I found claim that he invented the whole
>-sicle line before selling the rights and the company. This seems
>somewhat unlikely, as the rights had been sold within a year of the
>patent and trademark registration--note the references in the
>Practical Druggists to the rights maintained regionally by different
>companies, licensing from Epperson. By 1928, there was a "Popsicle
>Company of Ohio"--as Epperson is from California, this seems unlikely
>to be Epperson's original company, so it's either a licensee or
>someone who had already bought out the rights. Either way, since the
>same companies sold Popsicles and Creamsicles (and still do), and the
>process of shaping and keeping them solid is rather similar, if the
>terms were coined by separate companies, we would have heard about the
>litigation (and it would have had a direct impact on the iCrap
>litigation--being rather familiar with the latter, I don't recall any
>relevant litigation involving the -sicle line).
>But I stand corrected. Weekly World News says that Popsicle was
>derived from Pop, as in Dad. So I must be wrong. (There it is!--Right
>next to the weekly horoscope and Noah's Ark found in Iraq!) ;-)
>Weekly World News, Jan 6, 2004, p. 43/1
>>  The Popsicle was invented in 1905 by an 11-year-old San Francisco
>>kid named Frank Epperson. He called it the Epperson Icicle and then
>>the Ep-sicle. He spent much of his life trying to perfect and sell
>>his idea, and finally got it patented in 1923--then sold the
>>rights, which he always regretted. His son George came up with the
>>name Popsicle--to honor his inventive pop.
>On Sat, Apr 3, 2010 at 8:47 PM, Bill Palmer <w_a_palmer at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>>  In answer to Wilson, Creamsicles (if you mean vanilla ice cream center w/ an
>>  outer layer of orange sherbet, on a stick) were very popular in Norfolk VA,
>>  where I grew up.
>>  Bill Palmer
>>>  From Wilson.
>>>  FWIW, I've always imagined it to be a blend of _(soda)pop(-like)
>>>  [i]cicle_. Since I came up with this around the age of six, if others
>>>  find it unlikely, I won't be at all surprised. Were there Creamcicles
>>>  elsewhere than in Saint Louis?
>>>  -Wilson
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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

More information about the Ads-l mailing list