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Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:34 pm
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I get 300 hits but only one def: A touchline pundit who talks a great deal more than he knows
Perhaps it's a British expression---Thanks guys
Submitted by dale hileman (Apple Valley, CA - U.S.A.)


Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:47 pm
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Dale, Don’t construe this as an endorsement of the posting of near-useless words, but if you’re looking for obscure I think you’ve found it here. It looks like this little-used word comes from British sports slang and appears to have been born in the game of rugby, and apparently not to have traveled too much beyond. The article below sheds some light, which might be about as good as you are going to do on this subject, but doesn’t offer an explanation as to the word’s origin.

Falcon Flyer (Newsletter of the Chinnor Rugby Club in Thame – February 2003


At work the other day, The Horse was approached with a “You’re a rugby man, what’s an ‘alickadoo’?” The Horse
naturally enquired as to the context of the enquiry. The workmate was in the bar at Reading RFC (cough, splutter) when he heard two young players moan about the ‘alickadoos’ of the club. The workmate, curious, consulted a dictionary without success. Getting to work, said workmate got on the net but could find no reference anywhere to the word ‘alickadoo.’

The Horse explained to his mate that the term ‘alickadoo’ was a term peculiar to rugby union clubs and generally was taken to mean a person who is involved in the sport in a non-playing capacity, especially in some kind of administrative role. Sometimes the term seemed to imply that this person is, in some way, self-important, opinionated, or obstructive. Now this workmate is a highly competent IT professional and so The Horse was amazed to think that there was not an official definition to be found anywhere. So he set out to find one and after a week of trying came to the same conclusion: there was no official definition of the term ‘alickadoo.’

Now The Horse is nothing if not tenacious and so he wrote to the Oxford English Dictionary and asked if it really were so that the word did not officially exist. The reply was that yes, the word did not exist officially! That started a chain of correspondence, with the Horse offering a definition (somewhat lengthy and involving clipped moustaches and clipboards).

The Editors of the Oxford English Dictionary have now drafted a version for the next revised edition, having taken into account the (self-important, opinionated?) views of The Horse. So, in a very small way, Chinnor RFC has contributed to the corpus of the English language – something to be proud of unless, of course, you happen to be an ‘alickadoo’!

This item first appeared in ‘The Chinnor v Berry Hill Match Programme.’ ‘The Horse’ is a pseudonym for an occasional contributor to the Chinnor match programme.

Although no explanation was offered as to the word’s origin, one could certainly speculate by looking at some of the slang definitions of its component words. For example, the word may be related to the expression ‘a lick and a promise’(late 19th century and still in use), which means ‘a quick, if not well-performed, piece of work,’ or to the expression ‘lick about/around’ to travel about aimlessly, or to a ‘lick’ in the sense of one who is a ‘hanger-on’ or parasite. ‘Do’ also has several slang meanings, which might apply, including ‘a fraud,’ ‘to cheat,’ and ‘a joke.’ But if the person who wrote the article, who appears to have expended some effort on the subject and who seems to be intimately related to the sport where this word arose, doesn’t know, the chances of finding its etymology are looking pretty grim.

( ... eb2003.pdf, Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang)

Ken G – December 19, 2004
Reply from Ken Greenwald (Fort Collins, CO - U.S.A.)


Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 7:01 pm
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Thank you Ken and welcome back
I've been collecting for several years and still working on the obscurity factor. Your reply has been very helpful in this respect
Reply from dale hileman (Apple Valley, CA - U.S.A.)


Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 7:14 pm
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I heard that Alickadoo came from a Post Office tale.
A young man without all his cups in his cupboard returned home after finding his first job in ten years since leaving school.
He proudly told his aging parents that he'd found employment at the local post office as a licker.
They asked him, "What's Alickadoo?"
To which he replied, "I stand at the counter where they sell the stamps and put my tongue out."

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