Fwd: Re: Popsicle

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Apr 4 03:30:17 UTC 2010

At 4/3/2010 06:50 PM, you wrote:
> From Wilson.
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com>
>Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2010 16:56:17 -0400
>Subject: Re: Popsicle
>To: djh514 at york.ac.uk
>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?

Yes, in New York City.  And wouldn't a Creamsicle be unlike a


>On Sat, Apr 3, 2010 at 3:33 PM, Damien Hall <djh514 at york.ac.uk> wrote:
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>>Poster:       Damien Hall <djh514 at YORK.AC.UK>
>>Subject:      Popsicle
>>My first Twitter-inspired ADSL query: the origins of _popsicle_ (which I
>>now learn is a trademarked name).
>>One of the people I follow mentions the story that the word comes from the
>>inventor's children, who called it "Pop's sicle"; the inventor, Frank
>>Epperson, had apparently called it an _epsicle_, presumably a blend of
>><ep>(-person) + (i-)<sicle>.
>>OED is 'uncertain', saying it's possibly
>>(lolli-)<pop> + (i-)<sicle>
>>(the usual BrE name for these things is 'ice lolly', presumably an
>>abbreviation of 'lollipop')
>>The online version of MW that I have access to says nothing about the
>>possible etymology, nor does Barry Popik's website. As I don't know about
>>food etymology, but 'I know a man who does', I'm copying Barry in here
>>(with the address he used when he was a member of the list) in case he has
>>any comments; anyone else? The "Pop's sicle" story seems to me possible but
>>unlikely, as too convenient!
>>Damien Hall
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