"buck naked" vs "butt naked"

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akhooha

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As they're probably both considered slang, there probably is no "correct" version. According to google ngram, "buck naked" seems to be used much more than "butt naked". "Buck naked" is the term I've always used and heard, but it appears that "butt naked" has been growing in popularity. "Butt naked" may be more descriptive and I'm wondering what might be the meaning of "buck" in the phrase "buck naked". Also, might there be a regional or class difference in the use of the two phrases?
 
  • Cagey

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    Please see the thread linked to above.
    If it doesn't fully answer your question, you are welcome to ask for further explanation.

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