I have what I'm sure is an unusual question for you. A friend of mine challenged me to find the origin of a term she heard. The yankee who said it claimed it was an old southern term but I you're the closest source of information I've found to anything related to "down to the licklog."
Here is the actual quote:
"We are really getting down to the licklog on this, so you better hurry."
I've done a little research and discovered the origin of licklog - a name given by settlers to the place where saltlicks were left for cattle (or deer from a different source). The problem is that doesn't tell me anything about where "down to the licklog" comes from. My only speculation is that it refers to traveling a waterway down to Licklog falls in N.C.
I'm sure you've got more important things to do, but if you can help at all, I'd appreciate it. I hope you're at least entertained by my question and have a nice day.
The phrase "down to the licklog" relates to the second to last thing cattle did before they died. It was an old rancher trick to take them to the salt lick and then to water to increase the weight before slaughter.
It is currently archaic, however, it does mean, roughly, down to the last second.
From a reader: Concerning you Q/A about the term "licklog", I have heard several older lawyers use this term in referring to having exhausted all settlement efforts, discovery (the methods lawyers use to find out what the other side's case is about)and other "things" lawyers do before they are ready for trial, leaving only trial/settlement/dismissal/some other 'final' resolution/end to the case. Everything has been done that could/should be done to resolve the matter, now it is time to resolve it. You need to either "spit or swaller", a tabacky term for when your mouth is full.
Now some younger lawyers have picked up that bad habit of using the term for its common meaning and I doubt they know its origin. I did not, and had looked up the term "licklog" in Webster's 3rd New International Dictionary, where the word is said to be "a felled tree in which troughs are cut and filled with salt for cattle." Then I checked Google and was led to your site.
So, having come to the 'licklog' of this message, I thank you for this info and look forward to reading and using your 'in-sites'.