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Thread #56224 Message #877683
Posted By: GUEST,Q
29-Jan-03 - 12:24 PM
Thread Name: Epithet for English Immigrants in Song?
Subject: RE: Epithet for English Immigrants in Song?
"The American Language," H. L. Mencken. "In Bristol County, Massachusetts, where there are many Portuguese immigrants, a number of Portuguese loan words are encountered, e. g. .....jick or jickie (Englishman)." These words have spread all along the northeastern coast.
This would suggest that your grandparents had an encounter with either Portuguese or locals who had picked up the word, who derogatorially called them "Jickies."
Reminds me of the word "hick," which has been found in English
cant of 1690, from Richard, Dick, but which has come to mean an unsophisticated countryman (to put it politely).