Date: Wed, 19 Apr 1995 11:02:56 EDT From: Larry Horn 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'. Larry