The word kickshaw is derived from the French quelque chose, meaning "something"; in English, the word means "a bauble, trifle, or knickknack" or "a fancy tidbit." Kickshaws transposes to sick hawks, meaning "unhealthy attempts to clear the throat of phlegm" - not, I trust, an accurate description of the following.
Borgmann, Dmitri A.
Word Ways: Vol. 18
, Article 11.
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