And who can forget the great scramble for tickle Me Elmo in 1996?
The interview ends in a dance party giggle-fit of “tickle Me Elmo” proportions.
Massa said the tickle fight broke out in honor of his 50th birthday.
early 14c. (intransitive) "to be thrilled or tingling," of uncertain origin, possibly a frequentative form of tick (2) in its older sense of "to touch." The Old English form was tinclian. Some suggest a metathesis of kittle (Middle English kytyllen), from Dutch kietelen, from a common North Sea Germanic word for "to tickle" (cf. Old Norse kitla, Old High German kizzilon, German kitzeln).
Meaning "to excite agreeably" (late 14c.) is a translation of Latin titillare. Meaning "to touch lightly so as to cause a peculiar and uneasy sensation" is recorded from late 14c.; that of "to poke or touch so as to excite laughter" is from early 15c.; figurative sense of "to excite, amuse" is attested from 1680s. Related: Tickled; tickling. The noun is recorded from 1801.
Exactly what is wanted: That's the ticket, my dear, at last
[1838+; perhaps fr the winning ticket in a lottery, a race, etc]