3 years ago
Last edited at 10:47AM on 3/24/2011
Hi DivotDaddy, I noticed you were really hoping for the origin of lickety-split...
There does not seem to be clear-cut information. Apparently the saying arose around 1800. And perhaps lickety has to do with either quick as a tongue licks, or even the 'lick' of a quirt to encourage a racehorse. And the expansion into lickety a Scotch rendering...
Then the 'split' part may be an American addition. You see references to earlier forms as lickety-click, and so forth. But splitting off can indicate the separation away, the quick leaving behind.