Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 23:47:09 -0500

From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM

Subject: Re: The Full Monty

Apparently, the writer of the film (or one of the head honchos),

was at a roadside cafe one morning in England. He ordered a "cooked

breakfast", with everything that comes along with an English cooked

breakfast. The waitress asked him, "oh, the Full Monty?"

This could be one of those folk origins, of course. I'll ask

around and see if there is an actual, recorded interview with the writer

about the title.

I thought someone had posted this before, but the phrase _the full

monty_ meaning 'everything possible; the works; the whole nine yards'

(and only meaning 'complete nudity' contextually in the film) is a

British slang expression that's found back to (IIRC) 1986 in print.

If this anecdote is true it could only suggest where the writer

may have been reminded (or perhaps first heard of) the expression;

it doesn't originate from there.

Jesse Sheidlower