Originally Posted by gomestar
i had to google that. And I'm so glad I did.
actually, i had to look it up too (got the gist from context). but i'd differ with wikipedia's etymology. there's a long history of fig slang in Italian. dates back to a supposed king who discovered that some of his nobles had been less than so. so he gathered the three together. one he disemboweled. the next he flayed. the third was quaking in his boots. what would his punishment be? "eat a fig" the king told him. "eat a fig? perche no?" so the king led him out to the courtyard where there stood a giant donkey, the king stuck the fruit up the donkey's butt and pronounced: "ecco, il fico".
may not be true, but it's fun. and very VERY ed.