Date: Wed, 19 Apr 1995 11:30:59 -0700 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Re: [p*tut] Larry, 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. Peter McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, OR On Wed, 19 Apr 1995, Larry Horn wrote: > 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 >