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ticky tacky noun

Shoddy building material


From the song Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds 1962)

Collected by

King family – 1960s
Naomi’s family growing up


When the King family travelled on Route 280 past the houses in Daly City (near San Francisco CA) that inspired Reynolds to write the song, it was mandatory to call out “ticky tacky”. When Naomi & Mark later lived in the area they maintained the practice

Submitted: 16/05/2021 by Mark ● Last updated: 25/05/2021 21:41 by Mark

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