Date: Wed, 19 Apr 1995 11:02:56 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: [p*tut]
I've never heard 'patoot', but I'm quite familiar with its diminutive, which is
usually found in the context of "You bet your sweet patootie." (I somehow
associate this with the late 60's TV show Laugh-In.) I always assumed the
patootie is, in fact, the human hindquarters, but I'm unsure on the derivation.
It does not seem likely to be an ablaut variant of '[sweet] potato'.