Here’s a soft, sweet piece of nostalgia for this week’s Word Of the Week
Potsy means = hopscotch, and several dictionary websites have no idea why, except to say that it is an Americanism, first noted 1930 – 35. The ‘scotch’ in hopscotch is a line – cut, or scored – made a mark. This is why Macbeth said, “We have scotched the snake, not killed it.” Sweet butterscotch is removed from a large, flat sheet by cutting or scoring it. I thought that butterscotch was a gateway drug for teenage drinking. You loved Butter Beer at Harry Potter’s, now try our single malt – Butter Scotch.
In the popular TV series, Happy Days, Anson Williams played the character of Potsy (actually, Potsie) Weber, which matched the goofy, likable character of Skippy, in the Family Ties series. Both nicknames may have been applied because of their nerdy, ADHD type of erratic behavior, bouncing and skipping from subject to subject.
Potsy (or Potsie) is obviously just a nickname, and not very common. Other than the Happy Days reference, the only other ‘Potsy’ I could find was Thomas Clinton –Tom – ‘Potsy’ Jones (1909 – 1980), who played NFL football for eight years in the early 1930s, for four different teams.
Despite extensive research (alright, I Googled it and got no answer), I can’t find how/why/when he acquired it. Now that Canada has legalized marijuana, I wonder if we’ll start hearing of more Canucks named Potsy, who are One Toke Over The Line.
It would be sweet if you’d hop back here on Monday, to see what verbal abuse I’ve inflicted on the English language, in the name of the letter F. There’s no need for social distancing, so you won’t have to form a line. 😀