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harrisld
1064823.  Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:39 am Reply with quote

There has to be a way to play on the homophones lickerish (lecherous, lusty, greedy) and liquorice in a question!

Both words trace back to 13th century (lickerish first used in 15th century from 13th century lickerous/likerous, in turn from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French lecheros)

... You walk into a sweet shop and are confronted with a lickerish man, what should you do?

Not eat him, certainly, that's morally and legally wrong

 
Jenny
1064849.  Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:54 am Reply with quote

Excellent point!

According to http://www.literarygenius.info/bubonic-plague-shakespeare.htm liquorice was used for lung problems (ooh another L) encountered during bouts of bubonic plague.

 
CharliesDragon
1064866.  Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:26 pm Reply with quote

I'd just say "lick him," but perhaps my mind is too simple.

 
Strawberry
1064873.  Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:50 pm Reply with quote

Hi, harrisld; welcome to QI.

 
Spud McLaren
1064890.  Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:34 pm Reply with quote

harrisld wrote:
There has to be a way to play on the homophones lickerish (lecherous, lusty, greedy) and liquorice in a question!
But they're near-homophones, not true homophones.

 
suze
1064894.  Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:41 pm Reply with quote

Not necessarily ...

See post 1023000 for the pronunciation of liquorice. (And also of nougat.)

 
Spud McLaren
1064898.  Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:58 pm Reply with quote

Yes, I remember that. However, I cleave to the likkeriss pronunciation when referring to the confectionary.

 
Spud McLaren
1064899.  Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:06 pm Reply with quote

harrisld wrote:
There has to be a way to play on the homophones lickerish (lecherous, lusty, greedy) and liquorice in a question!
But they're near-homophones, not true homophones.

 
knightmare
1064905.  Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:11 pm Reply with quote


"English liquorice" (Dutch)

 
Spud McLaren
1064907.  Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:50 pm Reply with quote

How on earth has one of my posts been repeated AFTER a different post?

 
tetsabb
1065875.  Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:39 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
How on earth has one of my posts been repeated AFTER a different post?

Probably something to do with quantum

 
swot
1069084.  Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:08 am Reply with quote

Licorice apparently makes your children stupid.

 
germananglophile
1069134.  Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:50 pm Reply with quote

swot wrote:
Licorice apparently makes your children stupid.


Dang, Licorice has all sorts of side effects: post 1008139
(Using this as an opportunity to apply my newly-learned skill of linking to a previous post. Thanks again to suze! :D)

 
RLDavies
1069239.  Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:41 am Reply with quote

Liquorice is a complex and powerful drug. It's a laxative, it raises blood pressure, and it has addictive properties.

If I can find my "London Dispensatory", I'll pass on whatever they say about it.

 
germananglophile
1069256.  Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:23 am Reply with quote

knightmare wrote:

"English liquorice" (Dutch)


Is there some international perception of English things being related to licorice? post 1008133

 

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