[Ads-l] monkey in the middle (1952): variants

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Sat Feb 1 15:04:12 UTC 2020

On 1/28/20 00:00, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:51:46 -0500
> From:    Mark Mandel<markamandel at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: monkey in the middle (1952)
> I do not like the memories this brings up in me.
> I knew the expression all too well as a schoolboy in New York in the 1960s.

I grew up in Buffalo, NY and in New Britain, CT and then raised my own 
kids in Putnam, CT and Worcester, MA:

It was "monkey in the middle" in Buffalo; but in CT & MA, I encountered 
it as "pickle in the middle."

And usually it was a sibling-involved torment  . . .

---Amy West

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

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