Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 17:31:45 -0400
From: Evan Morris words1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WORD-DETECTIVE.COM
Subject: Full Monty
"Barry A. Popik" wrote:
THE FULL MONTY
THE FULL MONTY is a movie that just opened; the term was discussed by
Evan Morris in his Daily News column last Sunday.
THE MACMILLAN DICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY SLANG (3rd ed.) by Jonathon
Green, for example, has "monte" but no "monty."
The Daily News column didn't discuss this, but what about an influence
from the obvious--MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS? What does that "Monty" mean?
Oxford Dict. of Modern Slang has "monty" meaning "a certainty; used esp.of
a horse considered certain to win a race" and relates it to the card game
Partridge (DSUE) notes "monte (also monty)" as meaning "a certainty," also
"Hence (?) a lie." Also mentions the card game.
I know I had another reference but I can't remember where I found it. Mea
I remember (to the extent I remember the sixties at all) reading an
explanation of "Monty Python" offered by the troupe itself way back when.
I believe they maintained that the name was pure silliness, though I think
they also admitted a possible connection to Field Marshal Montgomery. I
won't buy the NYT-Brooklyn-letter version of "full monty" without some
serious evidence, BTW.
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