laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Apr 6 00:44:53 UTC 2004
At 6:07 PM -0400 4/5/04, Baker, John wrote:
> O.K., the Associated Press used "butt naked" in a 1/10/85
>story. That still leaves a bit of a gap.
Of course even if "butt naked" were the source of "buck naked", once
the latter was established we can imagine the former being
spontaneously (re-)invented as a folk etymology.
Larry (who prefers to think of the origin as a foreshortening of
"naked as a buck", given that bucks are known to be as naked as a
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>In a message dated 4/5/04 5:57:28 PM, JMB at STRADLEY.COM writes:
>> Maybe, but there were a number of years before 1990 during which
>> "butt naked" could be said and written with impunity. A derivation of "buck
>> naked" from "butt naked" requires the assumption that "butt naked"
>> was almost entirely superseded by "buck naked," then began a
>> 1990. At present, this theory is entirely lacking in evidence.
>> John Baker
>Well, Google would not be a very good source, would it?
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