Heard in Missouri: "but good!"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 20 04:06:21 UTC 2007

I don't use it myself, but I'm very  familiar with it. I grew up in
Saint Louiis in the 'Forties and 'Fifties. It used to be quite widely


On Dec 19, 2007 12:18 PM, David Donnell <David.Donnell at earthlink.net> wrote:
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> Question about an expression I just heard: "but good!"
> I just returned from St Louis where I was visiting my 88 yr old
> mother. (Born & raised in southeast Missouri, near Cape Girardeau.)
> Addressing me and her friend/contemporary, my mom related a
> conversation about someone's 16 yr old daughter: the girl had stayed
> out until 3 a.m., sans permission, with her cell phone turned off...
> Very worrisome to the parents, natch.
> My mom's friend then asked if the girl would be punished. My mom
> responded, "I asked [the father] if she was grounded...he said BUT
> GOOD!"
> The expression never registered with me before, although it sounded
> familiar rolling off her tongue; it apparently means something like
> "and how!"
> Is anyone familiar with this critter?
> (Hard to Google such a ubiquitous 2-word combo.)
> DD
> Missouri-native in NYC
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