Posted by Pam on March 29, 2002
In Reply to: Skeeziks posted by TheFallen on March 27, 2002
: : : I've heard the term "Skeeziks" used by certain older people
as a nickname for youngsters. Does anyone know where the term originated,
and if it has any meaning?
: : : Is it used in Great Britain?
: : I've never heard that in the UK.
: Nor I. Colloquially over here, we use the ubiquitous "kid", though I've heard the older generation on occasion also use "nipper" or, if the child in question were a truculent and badly-behaved male teen, they might describe him as a "yob".
Hmm, I haven't heard "yob" used here in the States. "Nipper" I've heard in old movies featuring Brits.
I've done a bit more research, and it appears that a character by the name of "Skeezix" was in the old American comic strip "Gasoline Alley." It was also a character in a series of books under the name of "Uncle Wiggley." It would be interesting to know if it existed as a nickname before either of these came into being.
I get the impression from the way my Mother-in-Law uses the term that a synonymous expression might be "little scamp!(mischievous child)"