L stands for . . . Lick

Lick is an interesting last name. I can think of worse ones, and honestly I was delighted to marry into a surname that people could pronounce and spell. Folks have always had trouble with my maiden name, and my first husband’s last name wasn’t much better. But Lick. Now there’s an easy name. Or so you would think. It’s amazing how many people ask me how to spell it.

So, Lick. The word lick has lots of meanings, some of them not so savory. Over the years, we’ve had our share of obscene phone calls from people making suggestions related to our name. But there are nice connections, too. You can lick an ice cream cone. Horses are drawn to salt licks. A good fighter can lick a bully. One can lick one’s wounds or lick something into shape. And my dog licks my face and my hands, especially when I’ve just eaten something good and greasy.

My musician friends think I have the greatest last name ever for a person who plays guitar and piano. In music, a lick is a catchy collection of notes that light up your song.

Now that Fred is gone, some folks might wonder whether I’ll go back to my original name or re-marry into another surname. Not a chance. This one’s going on my gravestone.

L stands for Lick. I welcome your suggestions for other ways this word can used. I know there are more.

I’m participating in this month’s A to Z blogging challenge, and L is for Lick. My alphabetical posts are distributed among my various blogs. Here is the schedule:
A Newsletter–A is for Annie
B Childless by Marriage–B is for Baby
C Unleashed in Oregon–C is for Crate
D Writer Aid–D is for Deadline
E Unleashed in Oregon–E is for Ear
F Unleashed in Oregon–F is for Fur
G Unleashed in Oregon–G is for Gunk
H Childless by Marriage–H is for Harley
I Unleashed in Oregon–I is for I-5
J Writer Aid–J is for Job
K Unleashed in Oregon–Key is for Keys
L Unleashed in Oregon
M Unleashed in Oregon
N Childless by Marriage
O Unleashed in Oregon
P Writer Aid
Q Unleashed in Oregon
R Unleashed in Oregon
S Unleashed in Oregon
T Childless by Marriage
U Unleashed in Oregon
W Writer Aid
X Unleashed in Oregon
Y Unleashed in Oregon
Z Unleashed in Oregon

More than 2000 other bloggers have signed up for the challenge. For more information, visit a-to-zchallenge.com You might find some great new blogs to follow. I know I will. Come back tomorrow to find out what M stands for.

Author: Sue Fagalde Lick

writer/musician California native, Oregon resident Author of Freelancing for Newspapers, Shoes Full of Sand, Azorean Dreams, Stories Grandma Never Told, Childless by Marriage, and Up Beaver Creek. Most recently, I have published two poetry chapbooks, Gravel Road Ahead and The Widow at the Piano: Confessions of a Distracted Catholic. I have published hundreds of articles, plus essays, fiction and poetry. I'm also pretty good at singing and playing guitar and piano.

One thought on “L stands for . . . Lick”

  1. Lick is nice and simple and certainly not as “bad” some other last names, like say for instance Weiner or Seaman (both names of doctors in the account I type for). My maiden name was a long Polish name that people had trouble pronouncing. I was glad to go to a simpler last name when married except this one can be spelled either “on” at the end or “en”. Most peopel want to do “en” so I'm correcting, but at least its more pronounceable.

    For the life of me, I can't come up with another definition that lick does. I'll have to think about this.



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