The Grammar Belle

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Say what? That’s one painful malapropism.

Hey, y’all.

I don’t even know how to go about this, because it’s a bit mind-boggling to me. So, I’ll just cut to the chase.

 Nip it in the BUTT.

Nip it in the BUTT.

That phrase doesn’t mean anything except, perhaps, a painful rear end.

Nip it in the BUD.

Nip it in the BUD.

If you nip something in the bud, you’re putting an end to it before it grows into something larger or stopping it soon after it has begun.

Choose option No. 2, y’all. Always.

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10 comments on “Say what? That’s one painful malapropism.

  1. Wood, Sherry (US - Dallas)
    July 10, 2013

    That’s reminds me of the lyrics to The Teddy Bear’s Picnic….

    “Watch them, catch them unawares “
    OR as kids hear it… “watch them, catch them in their underwear”

    I think “bud” got changed to “butt” by kids.

    You make me laugh!!!

    Thanks for the smile!

    Sherry Wood

    • The Grammar Belle
      July 10, 2013

      I loved that song when my girls were younger. Michael Feinstein sang my favorite rendition of all! And it’s probably true about kids mixing up “bud” and “butt,” although I can attest to hearing more than a couple of adults mix it up on a regular basis! Thanks for stopping by, Sherry.

  2. mamarific
    July 10, 2013

    Wow, that’s one I’ve never heard! Dare I ask who is going around town nipping things in the butt??? Hilarious!

    • The Grammar Belle
      July 10, 2013

      According to one family member and a few friends, lots of things get nipped in the butt. Ouch. Thanks for stopping by, Jenn!

      • winsomebulldog
        July 10, 2013

        This one was new to me, as well. Perhaps nipped in the butt means something entirely different?

  3. Benjamin Edwards
    July 10, 2013

    This one leads right into Buck Naked v. Butt Naked. You could have a month-long posterior series.

    • The Grammar Belle
      July 10, 2013

      IT DOES! You make a great point there, Ben. Perhaps I need an adult version of TGB. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

    • winsomebulldog
      July 10, 2013

      At the risk of appearing dense, I find myself wondering about this one quite often. I grew up hearing buck naked but find that butt naked seems more in line with the meaning behind the expression. Perhaps I’ve missed something? Which is the appropriate expression?

      “A month-long posterior series” made me laugh. Very clever!

      • The Grammar Belle
        July 10, 2013

        Yeah, Ben is one smart guy. He may put me out of business. 😉 He writes a fabulous blog or two of his own! As for butt/buck naked (or “nekkid” as we say it ’round here), I could write four or five posts reviewing that! There is a lot of debate on which came first. (I lean toward the “buck” coming first with “butt” resulting from mispronunciation/misinterpretation.) There is further debate as to whether “buck” refers to “buckskin” or a color resembling skin or even a derogatory term meaning “savages.” WHEW. I need a break now. Skinny dip, anyone?

  4. outlawmama
    July 10, 2013

    For some reason, this reminds me of “Say what?” “Chicken butt.” Not entirely apropos, but grateful for your reminder.

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