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Azizi 'Sugar' and 'Azucar' in songs and folklore (14) RE: 'Sugar' and 'Azucar' in songs and folklore 13 May 13

Just for the record, I don't recall writing that the phrase Iko Iko came from the Spanish word "azucar". And I don't believe that that's the source of that phrase.

Here's what I wrote about in my last post abou that "Iko Iko" song:

"I still believe that the Spanish phrase "suca suca"* derives from the Spanish word "azucar" and I believe that the phrase "suca suca" that is found in Zap Mama's rendition of "Iko Iko" at least derives from that Spanish phrase, although it may also have the same meaning or a similar meaning as "ah sookie sookie" (an informal expression that indicates approval of the way a person's body looks).   
Italics added to highlight this paragraph.

I stand by what I wrote in my 06 Feb 09 - 08:50 AM post on this thread:

. The original source for many words and phrases are likely never to be known.

2. Some words have multiple meanings, and the particular meaning of that word may not be correctly understood unless you know & understand the specific context of its use.

3. Some words and phrases can mean more than one thing at the same time {allusions, double entendres, coded meanings}

4. The meaning/s of some words of phrases change over time

I notice that in Feb 2009 I wrote that I was on a self-imposed break from posting on this forum. Since then I've only posted here sporadically.

I decided to add this comment on this Mudcat thread about this subject
1.because I felt like doing so as an update to what I had previously posted on this forum (which I've found cited on a yahoo answer page about that "ah sookie sookie" phrase) and

2. to share information about my pancocojams post on this subject.

Best wishes,

Azizi Powell

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