[Ads-l] full butt, affected "how do you do"?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 13 11:03:43 EST 2022


When I find myself coming anywhere full butt, I do indeed endeavor to get
out of everyone's way. It's all pretty uncouth, to be sure.

LH

On Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 10:01 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Maybe a transitioning "you all" too:
>
> 1817 _Alexandria [Va.] Herald_ (Apr. 4) 4: Profitable Advice...Listen to
> the two gentlemen who have met at yonder street.-- One says, "how do you
> do? I am very glad to see you. How do you all do at home?" &c. &c. The
> other says, "how do you do?  I am very glad to see you. How do you all do
> at home?"  By the way, "how *do* you *do*," however idiomatic it is, is a
> very uncouth phrase. When you come, or find yourself coming *full butt* as
> it is called, against another person, you endeavour to get out of his way.
>
> JL
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
>
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