Date: Thu, 20 Apr 1995 09:57:42 GMT+1200
From: Tim Behrend t.behrend[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AUCKLAND.AC.NZ
Subject: Re: [p*tut] and more
A few reactions to the p*tut query, and some questions of my own:
P*TUT Have never heard this term. In its place, the words DUPA and
BENINNY were used in my neighborhood (family?), i.e.
Cleveland, lower-class Irish-German background, Slovenian
neighborhood, 1950s - 1960s. The word DUPA had a more
general application (like the similar word DUFF): Get up off
your dupa and do a little work right now? BENINNY, on the
other hand, was usually yoked to a horse to produce phrases
like: Don't be such a horse's beninny.
P*TOOTIE While p*tut was unknown, the word P*TOOTIE was common in
our house, and I have always thought it rather widespread as
a silly slang word for potatoes. Seems to me I've heard Ned
Flanders say it on The Simpsons, too, but I could be wrong. I
put it in the same category of odd home words as, e.g.,
SPOOGHALONIE for spaghetti, MICKEY D's for McDonalds, etc.
I'm also wondering if certain words that I grew up with 25-30 years
ago are still in use today. How about BALONEY, or BALONEY SAUCE,
meaning rubbish, empty talk, bullshit? Or SHANK'S MARE, meaning
walking (as opposed to getting a ride)? Any comments?
University of Auckland