Date: Thu, 20 Apr 1995 09:57:42 GMT+1200 From: Tim Behrend 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? Tim Behrend University of Auckland