[Ads-l] bucko = 'beaucoup'

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 4 11:39:20 EDT 2018


TERESA WELLS: You know, it is bad enough we got to take a shower and wash
your hair in it. I'm just upset about it. You know, I'm paying buck-oh (ph)
taxes for what? For poison water?

On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 11:36 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> A slight paraphrase of a Flint, Mich., woman on "All Things Considered" two
> or three weeks ago.
> "We pay bucko taxes and what do we get? ...Poisoned water."
> Oddly I can't find a version of the remark online.
> Cf. 1928 "buckcoo" in HDAS s.v. "beaucoup." ref. to 1919.

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