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When did the term 'Tickled Pink' first appear?

I really like the phrase, "Tickled Pink". Even just saying it makes me smile. Go ahead, try to say tickled pink without feeling at least a little joy creep up on you, I'll wait... SEE?! And I can tell you, I'm going to be tickled pink when this hug ban gets lifted... though I'm sure the friend who's birthday I am honoring today with my Daily Doodle has been tickled pink that people can't hug her... She reserves her physical touch for her close loves. Don't get me wrong, she'll let me hug her, but every time I'd bet she thinks, "For the love of God, please don't hold on with your never-ending gorilla-grip hug!"


Today's Daily Doodle topic was a simple one, but figuring out how to illustrate it was what stumped me. You see, my friend loves pink and is blind, so it just wouldn't do to paint the page pink, that won't be very much fun for her when she finds her birthday page in this art year book. I had thought about going crazy with embellishments, but then I started to worry about the impressions (or depressions) the added items would make under the pressure of around half a large book (Ya, this is Daily Doodle #150). So I decided I would indicate the expression of delight and use grade 1 braille to write out "Tickled Pink".


The figurative use of 'tickled' to indicate delight has been used for a few centuries. The first time in print is said to have been in Samuel Hieron's,Works, in 1617: "Well might they haue their eares ticled with some pleasing noise." Nathaniel Hawthone's, Passages from the French and Italian note-books, in 1864, "Something that thrilled and tickled my heart with a feeling partly sensuous and partly spiritual." In 1907, St. Nicholas (magazine for boys and girls) is quoted, "I'm tickled to death to find some one with what they call human emotions."


The phrase 'tickled pink'... likely describing the flushing of skin when someone is feeling so incredibly elated... first appeared in print in 1910, in an Illinois' newspaper - The Daily Review. The piece was titled 'Lauder Tickled at Change', written, "Grover Laudermilk was tickled pink over Kinsella's move in buying him from St. Louis." In case you were wondering, Grover Laudermilk was an MLB player, active for 9 years between 1909 and 1920.


Are the any phrases you really enjoy using or hearing?




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