_Boody_ "arse" vs. _booty_ "id."

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue May 17 00:11:56 UTC 2011

On 5/16/2011 8:34 AM, Eric Nielsen wrote:
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> I remember "boody" (as in "boody on the wall") meaning butt from the early
> 60s in Vallejo, CA. "Boody on the wall" referred to the punishment inflicted
> on losers of the basketball game "horse".
> If someone stipulated, "We're playing horse, boody on the wall", then the
> losers had to stand up against a wall and take shots in the butt from a
> basketball thrown by the winner. I rarely aggreed to these terms because my
> basketball skills were as bad as my butt was thin.
> Eric
> On Sat, May 14, 2011 at 9:26 AM, Douglas G. Wilson<douglas at nb.net>  wrote:
>> I seem to have remarked on "boody" on this list in 2000 and 2004 and 2005.
>> I think Wilson Gray and I independently opined that this was pronounced
>> "boody" when we first heard it (would have been about 1960 for me
>> [Detroit]).

Here is a description of a somewhat different "booty on the wall" game.


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