Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 23:35:44 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: More on Monty >From a letter to today's New York Times (8/15/97, A30): Your Aug. 13 movie review of "The Full Monty", on unemployed British steelworkers who turn to stripping, says the title comes from the slang for total nudity. Older readers might have recognized "Monty" as Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the dapper World War II hero. If the phrase now means total nudity, it is a reversal, like "bad" meaning "good". The original meaning was similar to "dressed to the hilt" (with medals and swagger stick)... I can't vouch for the accuracy of the etymology advanced by the writer, a Brooklynite named Paul Brodtkorb. And if anyone's wondering, that earlier review assured potential viewers that the movie contained no "full frontal montyism". --Larry