Date: Wed, 19 Apr 1995 20:28:18 CDT From: Randy Roberts Subject: Sweet Patootie (PG-13) David Bergdahl and ADSers: I found the following citations in the Peter Tamony Collection. I have omitted more recent materials. From "Indoor Sports" by TAD (Thomas A. Dorgan) [syndicated cartoon] "Sweet Patootie--did you see the face on Ada--she looks as though she was in a gas attack without a mask." San Francisco Call & Post, 4 February 1918. "Say, Dan, I want you to take a slant at my gal's photos--you ain't seen 'em yet, have ya?--she's some sweet patootie." Ibid., 13 January 1919. "Why Worry About Slang," American Speech, February 1928, "What do we call our women of today? . . . hot patootie, the calf's lesson in curves, sweet mamma, . . . " Song title "Hot Patootie Wedding Night" ca. 1929, cited in Jack Burton, The Blue Book of Broadway Musicals. Song title "I'm Wild About My Patootie" ca. 1932, Columbia Record Label, disc #14651-D. Vocals by Ora Alexander. Song title "Sweet Patootie" ca. 1939, Decca record label, disc #7429 A. Sidney Bechet with Noble Sissle's Swingsters. Lyrics: Now, I know a lady, she lives down by the jail, Got a sign on the door, "Sweet patootie for sale". Sweet patootie only thing she craves, Sweet patootie, it just won't behave Sweet patootie gonna carry her to her grave. [There is more, but perhaps this is too much] E. E. Cummings, "Exit the Boob," Esquire, volume 3, no. 6 (June 1935), p. 33. This article by Cummings contains "This guy says just kick the dictators in the patoot, boys, and live, live, live your life." It is interesting that the earliest cites come from TAD. In Leonard Zwilling, A TAD Lexicon, 1993, neither patootie, nor sweet patootie, is included. Perhaps this is a term that was overlooked. Randy Roberts University of Missouri-Columbia robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]