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Shack wackie

Posted by ESC on March 16, 2009 at 23:09

In Reply to: Shack wackie posted by Mike Little on March 16, 2009 at 15:25:

: Looking for the origins of the term 'shack wackie'. Any help appreciated. Cabin fever?

Yes, it means cabin fever. One reference says "shack wacky" or cabin fever means "Nervous or irritable as a result of confinement to close quarters." 1991, DARE file, Wisconsin. "I wish I felt good enough to go today; I'm getting shack wacky...That's an old logger's and trapper's term from up north." "Dictionary of American Regional English," Volume IV by Joan Houston Hall (2002, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, England). Page 867.