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"Spicks & Specks"?

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:17 am
by k_r_eriksson

I just wonder was the old Bee Gees song title means?

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:59 pm
by paulmt
Interesting question. :D
I couldn't find any reference to this at all. I am guessing though that it is "old English" and probably arises from common everyday usage.

My wife is a bit of an expert in this field and tells me her idea..

In the days when outer coats were made from heavy woolen material and a regular brushing was required to keep them looking clean, the "Specks" were dust, dirt, lint or other contaminant that was easily brushed off with a coarse brush. The "Spicks" were less easily removed being embedded into the material and requiring a more intensive approach to get rid of them.

Speck is still around today e.g. a speck of dust while I have never heard the word spick used other than in a racist and derogatory way from the early part of last century in reference to persons of Latin descent. This is confirmed as the "meaning" of that word in many dictionaries.

So I guess the Spicks and Specks of the song, is a reference to the clutter of everyday life that can attach itself to us and while some is easy to remove others are not so readily dealt with.

What do you think? :roll:

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:48 am
by k_r_eriksson
Thank you!

Re: "Spicks & Specks"?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:59 am
by jmsmrtn98
Spicks and Specks for sure. They've had some pretty amazing guests on (Reggie Watts!!!!) and the guest bands are glorious.