When did "boat-load" and "buck-naked" become "butt-load" and "butt-naked?"
Could they become "booty-load" and "booty-naked?"
(Cross-posted at Dispatches from Outland.)
The change came when the Baby Boomers reached cultural hegemony. They had already decided that no metaphor not containing obscenity supplied sufficient emphasis.
This is the crowning achievement of a determined effort to homogenize, well, everything.The advent of non-print information sources other than spoken word has brought about a massive blending, even a thinning, of all communication. This has been going on since the late 1800s.Or, it could just be the insidious influence of rednecks. We do, in point of fact, make up a large chunk-O-society, and whatnot.Like your blog, nice concept. Being, on occasion , among the communicationally challenged, I am glad someone is out here addressing this issue.
There was a blog dedicated to these types of shifts, sadly I can’t remember what it was called. This didn’t start in the 1800s though, there’s always been a tendency to "regularize" and misunderstandings abound.I did find this list of similar mistakes: http://www.wmjasco.com/89-9category.pdf
What’s next will bedawg-load and dawg-neked (These are decidedly not redneck variations developing in the vernacular of the urban youth)At least thats what you can hear on the streets above 110th…Dougwww.dougist.com
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