WOW #59

Here’s a soft, sweet piece of nostalgia for this week’s Word Of the Week

POTSY

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.

Potsy

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.  😀

6 thoughts on “WOW #59

  1. Rivergirl says:

    I had no idea Potsy had any meaning whatsoever. Interesting.
    But then I never could stand Happy Days….

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  2. Dale says:

    Only Potsie I knew was on my beloved Happy Days 😉
    Now listening to the song… most enjoyable.

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  3. I believe I watched all 200+ Happy Days episodes in the original run, and I watched many Family Ties episodes. Great information, although I would say Skippy copied Potsie, since Happy Days aired first, and the shows only crossed over for two seasons.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I don’t believe that I watched a complete episode of either, but I do know how they build TV shows and their casts. When a show is on its last legs, and the producers get desperate, they add “fun/interesting” characters. When they had to put in Jonathan Winters to support Robin Williams, I knew there was a problem. 😯

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