Posted by ESC on July 04, 2006
In Reply to: Just for kicks posted by Tracy on July 04, 2006
: I am seeking the origin of the phrase "just for kicks" I realize it is pretty obvious as to the meaning BUT I need the origin and have looked extensively and not found it. Thanks in Advance! TLF
KICKS -- "Fun, thrills. Robert Gold traces 'kicks' back to 1928 in his 'Jazz Lexicon' and identifies 1950 as the year in which it really took off. Bobby Troup gave 'kicks' a big lift in 1946 when he wrote '(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66'..." From "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996). Page 145.