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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Definitions for maffick

  1. British. to celebrate with extravagant public demonstrations.

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Citations for maffick
Have a procession a week / Stopping the workaday traffic; / Victories, won by a squeak, / Give you excuse to maffick. , "The Age of Display," Current Literature, May, 1903
It is evidence of his freedom from pedantry that Doctor Bradley seemed to be willing to accept to buttle, from butler, to bant from Banting, the name of the Englishman who proposed a new method for reducing fat, and to maffick--that is, to indulge in a riotous demonstration in the street, like that which took place in London in 1900 when there came the glad news of the relief of Mafeking, long beleaguered by the Boers. Brander Matthews, "The Latest Novelties in Language," Harper's Magazine, June–November, 1920
Origin of maffick
Maffick is a humorous back formation from Mafeking, a city in South Africa that was besieged by the British for about nine months in the Second Boer War (1899–1902), as if mafeking were a gerund or participle as making is to the verb make. The lifting of the siege in May 1900, prompted exaggerated celebration in Britain. The Victorian and Edwardian ages are well known for their puns, e.g., “I say, Bonds, do you like Kipling?” “I don’t know, French, I’ve never ‘kippled.’” Maffick entered English in the early 20th century.