Date: Wed, 19 Apr 1995 15:34:51 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: No subject given
On sweet patooties, Peter McGraw writes:
Are you sure you remember this right? I remember only "You bet your
sweet bippie" on Laugh-In, whereas I think I remember hearing a song once
long ago (pre-Laugh-In) called "Sweet Patootie Pie," which clearly
referred to the dessert sweet potato pie.
No, as I mentioned I'm not at all sure, and Peter is no doubt right that I'm
guilty of blending "You bet your sweet bippy" from Laugh-In with 'patootie',
but I'm quite sure I remember "You bet your sweet patootie" from SOMEwhere.
Can anyone else rack their brains? DARE's 'P' volume isn't out yet, so I
can't be called on the carpet for not checking there first.
On Wed, 19 Apr 1995, Larry Horn wrote:
I've never heard 'patoot', but I'm quite familiar with its diminutive, which
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
It does not seem likely to be an ablaut variant of '[sweet] potato'.