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  • pdb1
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    Thu, May 26 2022 3:40 PM

    'Buck Naked' or 'Butt Naked'?

    It's a natural question



    What to Know

    While both buck naked and butt naked are used to describe someone who is fully nude, buck naked is the older of the pair. Butt naked is much newer and likely sees use because of butt having a long history of referring to a person's buttocks.

    From time to time our dictionary must put aside childish things, leaving off the crowd-pleasing aspects of lexicography (such as establishing the precise moment at which the past participle form of a verb completes its functional shift and may properly be described as an adjective), in order to focus on the unglamorous, but necessary, aspects of word-wrangling.

    So. When describing a person in a state of utter undress, should one use buck naked or butt naked?




    SFW: Suitable For Woods



    Origin of 'Buck Naked' vs. 'Butt Naked'

    Look into the origin of which word to put before naked and you will find more schools of thought than you would at a joint conference of Digital Humanities and American Studies. Well, not really, but there are several theories. Some think that the original was butt, based on that word having been used to refer to a person’s buttocks since the 17th century, and that buck was a euphemism. Others feel that the buck referred to buckskin (the skin of a male deer, an animal often found in a nude state), or that it came from the word’s sense meaning “a male American Indian or African-American” (this sense of buck is considered offensive).

    We define both buck naked and butt naked as “completely naked,” and give each as a synonym of the other in the definition. Butt naked is considerably newer, however; our earliest evidence of it is from the late 1960s, and the word did not gain much currency until the 1970s.

    If George T. Smith jumped out of a helicopter over Five Points, butt naked, you might get a little story on page 9.
    — Hal Gulliver, The Atlanta Constitution, 3 Aug. 1970

    Geechees are not that part of the civilian population who admire the emperor’s blue serge suit when in fact the emperor is butt-naked.
    — Verta Mae Grosvenor, Redbook (New York, NY), Apr. 1973

    When the Southern born mother was telling a neighbor about the incident a friend of Willie overheard the conversation which went something like this: “Girl, dat Willie is somethin’ else runnin; around the yawd butt-naked with that little gal up da street.”
    — Ron Suber, Pittsburgh Courier, 24 Apr. 1976

    Our earliest recorded use of buck naked comes some four decades before that of butt naked. None of the citations we have from the teens or twenties appear to support the etymological theories above.

    ”Well,” said the other, “it’s dis away. ‘Tother day I’m visitin’ in a house an I goes to the bath room an’ opens de door—taint locked—and dere in de tub sits a woman, buck naked.”
    — Arizona Champion (Flagstaff, AZ), 19 Dec. 1919

    Minnie Smith heard the commotion in the house and ran out of her room, and according to offices, buck naked.
    The Dothan Eagle (Dothan, AL), 9 Jan. 1922

    I never knew a dog could shed as much hair as that dog shedded on my suit and not be left buck naked, but after that canine got up, he still seemed to have nearly as much hair on him as I had on my suit.
    The Index-Journal (Greenwood, SC), 12 Apr. 1928

    Which is Right?

    Both buck naked and butt naked are of an informal variety of English; you are unlikely to have cause to use either in writing for school, or most types of work. Buck is the older of the twain, but, given the linguistic register in which such words are typically found you should really just choose the one that brings you the most joy.

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    SINCE 1828


  • gonfission
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    Fri, May 27 2022 8:07 AM

    Why is it, the illustrious trophy maker does not award one to >


    "The most prolific copy & pasting EVER" otherwise known as plagiarism 


    Image result for pile of broken tropies


  • pdb1
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    Sun, May 29 2022 6:54 AM


    Why is it, the illustrious trophy maker does not award one to >


    "The most prolific copy & pasting EVER" otherwise known as plagiarism 

    I don't know who that would be . I do some of that . But I wouldn't think that the amount I do would bother anyone . If it did ? I would think they would just ignore it . I also try to remember to include the authors/sources . When possible . Never have I claimed others words to be my own .

    I have though made similar awards to another one or two individuals over the years .

    I certainly am not trying to provoke dispute . Allthough that is everyones right . And I am not against it .

    I have very little hope that I can be entertaining . The proverbial wind has been taken from my sails .

    So I now aim towards being informative at best  .

    With no emails from wall posts , forum posts and PM messages once again .

    My contributions are so few . Hopefully the cynics can overlook them .


  • pdb1
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    Sun, May 29 2022 7:04 AM

                                                     WHAT DOES THIS WORD MEAN ?

                                                                  WORD OF THE DAY



    Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, 18th century

  • pdb1
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    Sun, May 29 2022 7:12 AM

    Among land animals, what species has the largest eyes?


    biggest eyes - ostrich .

    Yepper .