"buck naked" vs "butt naked"

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  1. akhooha Senior Member

    English - USA
    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?
     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Try this previous thread. Despite its title, it addresses both usages towards the end:
    Buck Private/Buck Naked
     
  3. Cagey post mod (English Only / Latin)

    California
    English - US
    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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