This week Google kept sending those who look up the word “pisherke” to a blog post of mine, https://gardnerspeaks.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/how-the-wolves-reminded-me-of-my-contribution-to-literary-history/ – and then I got the new New Yorker yesterday – it comes late to my home.
In the post I quote Norman Mailer’s first mother-in-law calling him a pisherke, and I mention that my mother used to use the word – and it was more than a coincidence, since the two women grew up in the same town and were friends. The magazine quotes the mother-in-law’s use of the word (Mailer mentions it himself in a journal entry).
So that’s what sparked interest in the word. (In a cosmic sense, we’re all of us pisherkes, anyway.)