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Podcast: Nosy Parkers and Butternuts
2007/11/21
3:44am
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Grant Barrett
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Grant goes through the mailbag, offering answers about the terms “nosy parker,” “out of pocket,” and about whether the word “falsehood” has its origins in medieval garb. He also throws a question out to listeners about what is supposedly a mild British oath, “butternut!”

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2007/11/22
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“Butternut” – could it be a mondegreen of bugger ___ ? (Or even a euphemism?)

2007/11/25
2:58pm
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Dilettante, we heard from a linguist who suggested something similar, so maybe you’re on to something. I guess it’d be along the lines of saying, “Oh, FUDGE!”

OTOH, I think “butternut” is just a funny word, period! Sort of reminds me of Spanish speakers saying, “Caracoles!” or “Snails!” instead of “drat.”

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