Kickshaws


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Kick´shaws`


n.1.Something fantastical; any trifling, trumpery thing; a toy.
Art thou good at these kickshawses!
- Shak.
2.A fancy dish; a tidbit; a delicacy.
Some pigeons, . . . a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws.
- Shak.
Cressy was lost by kickshaws and soup-maigre.
- Fenton.
References in classic literature ?
Every copper I've got went to pay the bearers here and to buy the kickshaws and rum for old What's-his-name, and I'm not anxious to start again as a pauper.
I hope," said another, "it will be, mainly, good substantial joints, sirloins, spareribs, and hinder quarters, without too many kickshaws.
Sapsea that evening, no kickshaw ditties, favourites with national enemies, but gave him the genuine George the Third home-brewed; exhorting him (as 'my brave boys') to reduce to a smashed condition all other islands but this island, and all continents, peninsulas, isthmuses, promontories, and other geographical forms of land soever, besides sweeping the seas in all directions.
I've counted over 200 articles under my name, plus some Kickshaws columns, and various offerings in Colloquy.
In the kitchen there was a great quantity of frogs among the dishes; adders' skins, with little children's fingers inside; salad of mushroom-seed; wet mice's snouts and hemlock; beer, from the brewery of the old Witch of the Moor; sparkling saltpetre wine from a grave-cellar,-- all very substantial eating: rusty nails and church-window glass were among the delicacies and kickshaws.
In a Kickshaws item entitled The Disappearing Doubles (Word Ways November 2009 p 281), I removed A to Z pairs of doubled letters from a word to form a new word.
This Kickshaws colu(mn is dedicated to the memory of Ross Eckler, a giant in the field of wordplay, a person who knew the English language and a vast number pf amazing words.
Jeff Grant writes: Well done on another excellent Kickshaws.
I don't know if you keep track of these things, but it was 30 years ago last month, in the August 1986 Word Ways, that you first hosted the Kickshaws department.
Let's conclude this Kickshaws column with two examples.
Recently in Word Ways, in Kickshaws and in the article presenting the entries in Dave Morice's geographical- names palindrome contest, there have appeared several remarkable new palindromes which it seems to me ought not to be let pass without being commented upon.
Recent editions of Kickshaws have featured lists of geographical names ending in--land.