Boldly Going Nowhere
Bret Burquest

Being a Four Flusher

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011, at 6:09 PM
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  • "...I received a phone call from a friend who told me the phrase "lickety split" came up in a recent conversation and he was wondering how such a phrase came into existence."

    Well Bret, being some distance from home just thought I'd check in to see what was happening back in the home area - good thing I did.

    The word was originally spelled 'lickitie' in English but it was borrowed from the Germanic 'lichhie' - it refers to a swift battle victory, one in which the defeated foe's forces were divided.

    I'm not positive which Bible version but it's in Numbers, chapter 22. Earlier than the King James though. Early 1500s... "Coverdale Version" (I think) - as stated, I'm away from home computer thus, no access to my regular links.

    -- Posted by HDucker on Tue, Nov 22, 2011, at 7:50 AM
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