Toot Sweet
Posted: 21 November 2008 05:51 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m afraid I’m going to have to dumb this down a bit by asking if anyone knows the orgin of the phrase “toot sweet”.  I believe I heard it used in reference to meaning perhaps “ right away or immediately” Thoughts?

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Posted: 21 November 2008 06:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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In French orthography tout de suite.

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Posted: 21 November 2008 10:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Compare a similar corruption, san fairy ann for ça ne fait rien.

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Posted: 21 November 2008 11:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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"Bon-hommy,” went on Eeyore gloomily. “French word meaning bonhommy,” he explained. “I’m not complaining, but There It Is.”

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Posted: 22 November 2008 12:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The joke was implied in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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Posted: 22 November 2008 09:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Soldiers in WWI pronounced Ypres wipers and Lyon lion (or Lyons - weirdly it is still spelled Lyons by Brits).  Maybe even today, I’ve heard Le Mans said lemans. I remember seeing a cartoon reprinted from a hundred-year-old Punch showing a working-class man calling his kids “May petty ongfongs” ie mes petits enfants though I can’t remember the context. It’s always been a source of cheap humour among monoglots such as the name of the Chinese exchange student Long Duk Dong in the movie Sixteen Candles. Hoo Flung Dung etc.
I doubt if toot sweet is malicious in intent nor Long Duk, a sympathetic character who gets off with a zaftig white girl to Molly’s chagrin.

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Posted: 24 November 2008 04:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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And cookery--especially Scottish cookery--has petticoat tails (for petits gâteaux) and kickshaws (for quelques choses).

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Posted: 24 November 2008 06:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I always thought “Toot Sweet” would be a great name for a brand of air freshener.

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