whence BUCK NAKED?
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Mon Apr 5 21:46:36 UTC 2004
If the "butt naked" theory were true, then presumably "butt naked" would predate "buck naked." Instead, "butt naked" seems to be relatively recent (Google Groups has 2/23/90), while Merriam-Webster takes "buck naked" back to 1928.
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Subject: whence BUCK NAKED?
The archives do not show this, so I'm wondering if we have ever discussed it.
AH4 says this probably comes from "butt naked."
Despite its commonness, OED (gasp) has no entry at all for BUCK NAKED and
NOAD (gasp again maybe) makes no speculation as to etymology.
Anything stronger than AH4's brave guess?
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