Posted by Bob on July 18, 2003
In Reply to: Fice interesting posted by Lewis on July 18, 2003
: : In today's 'Times', the daily Word Quiz had 'fice', with 3 offered possible meanings;
: : a) a fifth
: : b) to sneer
: : c) a dog
: : The answer was (c). The given origin is below - it has a rather intriguing ending!
: : FICE An obsolete English word still used in Kentucky and the South for a small dog or cur, sometimes spelt 'phyce'. It is evidently the last small remnant of the old English "foisting cur". The foisting dog was a kind of lap-dog, so called from its bad habits, which often have to serve as an excuse for the wind of the owner. Hence "feisty".
: Also explains "foisted upon" meaning an unwelcome presence or burden.
The reason for owning a fice
Though his habits are clearly not nice
Is that he'll take the fall
If you pass gas at all.
A bargain at double the price.