Sock it to me

Posted by Masakim on July 29, 2003

In Reply to: Sock it to me posted by ESC on July 29, 2003

: : Can you tell me the meaning of "Sock it to me" (in the song Respect)
: : Thanks

: Give it (respect) to me.

sock it to me! spoken by the English actress Judy Carne who became known as the Sock-It-To-Me Girl on _Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In_ (NBC-TV, 1960s [Jan 22, 1968 - May 14, 1973]). She would appear and chant the phrase until -- ever unsuspecting -- something dreadful happened to her. ...
The actual phrase was taken from a hit record entitled 'Respect' recorded by Aretha Franklin, which featured a chorus repeating 'Sock it to me' quite rapidly in the background. The phrase 'to sock it to someone' originally meant 'to put something bluntly' (and was used as such by Mark Twain). Black musicians gave it a sexual meaning, as in 'I'd like to sock it to _her_.'
From Dictionary of Catchphrases by Nigel Rees
sock it to me
1. Let me have it
2. Say what it is you have to say
Fom _Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang_ by Tom Dalzell
"Well, observe the difference. You pay eight cents and four mills, we pay only four cents."
I prepared, now to sock it to him. I said: "Look here, dear friend, what's become of your hige wages you were bragging about a few minutes ago" -- and I looked round on the company with placid satisfaction.
From _A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur_ by Mark Twain