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SharkB8
07-06-2008, 10:07 PM
My boyfriend just said something non-amusing to me and I told my dog to "sick 'em."

Then I asked my boyfriend what the origin of the phrase was. I thought maybe it meant attack until you make so-and-so sick. Our best guess, then we decided to "dope" it.

Any ideas?

Indistinguishable
07-06-2008, 10:09 PM
Usually spelled "sic", it's a variant of "seek".

(Cite (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=sic))

Q.E.D.
07-06-2008, 10:10 PM
It's "sic." According to Answers.com (http://answers.com/sic&r=67), it's a dialect variant of "seek."

astro
07-06-2008, 10:10 PM
My boyfriend just said something non-amusing to me and I told my dog to "sick 'em."

Then I asked my boyfriend what the origin of the phrase was. I thought maybe it meant attack until you make so-and-so sick. Our best guess, the we decided to "dope" it.

Any ideas?

I think it's "sic 'em" (http://thefreedictionary.com/sicced) not "sick-em"

Indistinguishable
07-06-2008, 10:11 PM
Good. Now let's all simulpost on the joke where we requote the OP with "[sic]" inserted.

SharkB8
07-06-2008, 10:19 PM
Outstanding...thanks guys!

Oslo Ostragoth
07-07-2008, 02:54 AM
When I was a lad, we had different dogs who knew the term well.

Say we were moving pigs from one place to another. If one proved uncooperative, a "Sic 'em!" would result in a torrent of all kinds of hell on the recalcitrant pig by the dog*. We would get them where we wanted.

A female collie, Candy, was the absolute best at adjusting porcine attitude. She could clear a five-foot fence with ease and sometimes herded the pigs just for her own enjoyment. Gotta love that.


*Actually, they were mostly "bitches", but why inject technicalities?

We also had a female beagle who would "sing" upon request. "ArooOOOOO".
What could be cooler?

twickster
07-07-2008, 08:24 AM
We also had a female beagle who would "sing" upon request. "ArooOOOOO".
What could be cooler?
A beagle that would STFU on request.

twicks, who wasn't all that sorry when the next-door neighbor's fat beagle with bladder-control issues died.

Elendil's Heir
07-07-2008, 10:57 AM
Good. Now let's all simulpost on the joke where we requote the OP with "[sic]" inserted.

All these simulposts make me sic.

KneadToKnow
07-07-2008, 12:16 PM
Obligatory Stand By Me reference.

Yllaria
07-07-2008, 12:20 PM
And then there's the t-shirt. (http://onehorseshy.com/highbrow/bad_grammar_makes_me_sic?p=onehorseshy.193771580)

Elendil's Heir
07-07-2008, 12:27 PM
Obligatory Stand By Me reference.

Remind me, please?

Whiteknight
07-07-2008, 12:29 PM
Remind me, please?
Chopper, sic balls.

Elendil's Heir
07-07-2008, 02:41 PM
Chopper, sic balls.

I'm still blanking. Sorry, it's been a long time.

KneadToKnow
07-07-2008, 03:30 PM
I'm still blanking. Sorry, it's been a long time.
The junkyard scene. Rumor had it the junkyard owner had trained his dog to sic, I believe the phrase used is, "specific parts of a kids anatomy."
Milo: Chopper, sic 'em, Boy!
The Writer: Now he said, "Sic 'em, Boy", but what I heard was, "Chopper, sic balls!"
Gordie: [Chopper turns out to be a small golden retriever] *That's* Chopper?
Teddy: Ha ha ha! Come on, Choppy, bite my ass, Choppy. Bite my ass. Bite shit. Come on Choppy. Sic balls, Choppy.

SharkB8
07-07-2008, 04:09 PM
I'm still blanking. Sorry, it's been a long time.

Chopper, Sic balls! (http://videosift.com/video/Chopper-Sic-balls-Steven-Kings-The-Body)

Poor Gordon. I guess the leach thought the junkyard keeper was talking to him.

unstrung
07-07-2008, 04:13 PM
Although "sic-em" is technically more correct, I really do enjoy thinking of it as "sick-em", since I tend to warn victims that my dog has rabies just before giving the attack order...

Oslo Ostragoth
07-08-2008, 01:10 AM
A beagle that would STFU on request.LOL, yep! Barky beagles are a real nightmare.

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