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Sunday, December 05, 2004

Giving credit where it's due

In my post about my Thanksgiving adventures, I used the word "chyck" without properly attributing it. Credit goes to my friend Sarah, from whom I learned the term (though I'm not sure if she is the person who originally invented it).

The spelling of chyck with a Y is a light-hearted parody of those feminists who believe that women should be spelled womyn (or something like that) to escape the notion that women are awkwardly prefixed versions of men. You know, womyn, instead of "whoa men!" -- this being my impression of primordial man's reaction to discovering the allures of feminity for the first time.

You hardly ever hear women called dames or broads any more, but chick has stuck around, mostly as a playful term that most of us don't find offensive. (as in chick flick) But, as Sarah would say, "That's chick with a Y."


  • At December 5, 2004 at 1:04 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    Thank you for posting this for posterity.

    As far as I know, I coined the expression "that's chyck with a Y" myself. At least, if anyone else had made it up, I'd never heard it before.

    I made that up a good 10 or 11 years ago, and it's still as fresh as ever. Chycks rule!

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