One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express disgust.‘There are rats here? Ick!’
nounmass nounNorth American
An unpleasantly sticky or congealed substance.‘she scrubbed the ick off the back of the stove’
- ‘‘He's a demon, as you can see from his blood,’ - he motioned toward the black ick.’
- ‘Producing a handkerchief from my pocket I dabbed at her face, removing the worst of the ick.’
- ‘The figure of the clown, freighted with goo and ick, essentially embodies kitsch.’
- ‘I've been fighting off some sort of picked-up-on-the-return-flights respiratory ick, but I seem to be winning.’
- ‘We have to take up the soggy vinyl flooring, clean up the ick and dry everything out.’
- ‘But the mess - the puddles of gunky congealing ick getting into a soldier's boots and running down inside the socks.’
- ‘His hair was so blond it was almost white and his eyes were such an electric shade of blue that Kae was sure that direct eye contact would fry you to a complete crisp… or cause you to melt into a puddle of ick.’
- ‘The imagery gives off a strange tactile sensation: You can feel the damp cold, smell the rotting flesh, and you'll often be compelled to take a shower afterwards to scrub off the ick.’
- ‘I have to now face the fact that I, who am rarely sick, have been sickish for a week now, mostly with coughing phlegmy runny nose-and-eyes ick.’
- ‘After a week of struggling with this godawful sinusy chest congestion ick, I gave up and called in sick this morning.’
1940s: probably imitative.
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