[Ads-l] bucko = 'beaucoup'

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Sat May 5 12:42:36 EDT 2018


I'd forgotten 'mercy buttercups', mercifully so given the number of years I taught French.  There is also 'merci buckets', alas.


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MARGARET E WINTERS
Former Provost
Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

mewinters at wayne.edu



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<< Mercy buttercups! >>: Sacred Heart HS, Kingston MA, ca. 1965; the fruit
of three years required French.
<< buku, bookoo >> RVN 1968:  GIs were convinced that <buku> was derived
from Vietnamese, an essential item in the local pidgin. Most were oblivious
that the U.S. was just taking over la Guerre Indochine in French Indochina.

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