A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 05, 2010
“Whatever tickles your pickle”

"Whatever tickles your pickle” means “whatever tickles your fancy” or “whatever makes you happy” or “whatever’s your choice/desire” or “whatever turns you on” or “whatever floats your boat.” “Pickle” is also a pun on a sexual organ. The silly saying is cited in print from at least 1998.

Similar food-related phrases include “Whatever melts your butter” (since 1975), “Whatever butters your biscuit” (since 1996), “Whatever bakes your cake” (since 1997) and “Whatever sprinkles your donut” (since 2012).


Urban Dictionary
whatever tickles your pickle
whatever you want! also: Whatever Humps Your Camel Whatever Floats Your Boat
me: What do you feel like doing today?
friend: Anything man, whatever tickles your pickle.

by shawtay Jun 3, 2005

Whatever tickles your pickle
Same as “whatever floats your boat”....basically means “do what you do”
Sonya: “OOOOO I LOVE to eat hot cheetos and cream cheese!”
Liam: “Yuck! But I guess whatever tickles your pickle.”

by Vrock Mar 9, 2008

YAHOO! Answers
What are other sayings like “whatever floats your boat”?
are there different variations out there?
please and thank you smile

Best Answer - Chosen by Voters
whatever tickles your pickle” - though that’s a bit vulgar smile
“whatever bakes your cake”, etc.

Google Groups: alt.games.final-fantasy
Newsgroups: alt.games.final-fantasy
From: (Peter Yao)
Date: 1998/01/07
Subject: Re: Why AOL Sucks

Well, whatever tickles your pickle.

Google Groups: alt.gothic
Newsgroups: alt.gothic
From: cheating judas
Date: 1998/06/15
Subject: Re: [looking for bettyblue]

whatever tickles your pickle about what you think about your imagination.

Google Groups: alt.fashion.crossdressing
Newsgroups: alt.fashion.crossdressing
From: Lacey Leigh
Date: 2000/01/02
Subject: Re: man in stockings

Hon, we don’t judge people by who they are or what their preferences are
- what ever tickles your pickle is your business and none of ours.

GoogleGroups: alt.hentai.sailor-moon
Newsgroups: alt.hentai.sailor-moon
From: miyax Date: 2000/02/13
Subject: Re: Happy B-day, Miyax!

eEw!  Well...whatever tickles your pickle

Google Books
Colorful Blues
By A. Marie Morris
iUniverse
2002
Pg. 81:
Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against gay or bisexual men, whatever tickles your pickle.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, June 05, 2010 • Permalink